Topper's Blog: September Wrap

Comfortable Month

We close the book on September with another gorgeous day with highs in the mid seventies. The headlines for September 2013 are: average in temps but well below average in rainfall. We only had six days in the 90s, eight days in the 80s, fifteen days in the 70s and even one day in the 60s. The average high temperature was only .9" above average. If we average the highs and lows September was statistically an dead on average month.

Only an inch and a quarter of rain was recorded at National (1.22"). Average for the month is nearly three and three quarters inches. In fact there were only five days in the month with measurable rainfall. We were coming out of a dry August as well. Only an inch and a third fell at National in August (1.34"). There were only nine days with measurable rainfall in August. If you combine August and September deficit we are down nearly five inches. We had the fourth wettest June with nearly ten inches of rain so in terms of the water table we are still fine but in terms of soil moisture we are dry.

We had four named storms in September: Gabrielle, Humberto, Ingrid and Jerry. Two of these became hurricanes: Humberto and Ingrid. Ingrid did bring heavy rain to east central Mexico and did make landfall as a hurricane. Humberto just remained in the shipping lanes in the Atlantic. It looks like that is where Jerry will remain also.


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