August 2011: rain still scarce

The daily weather logWeather log August 2011.

There were warm sunny days early and late in the month. Otherwise, days were often cold and cloudy, with a bit of rain. Of four foggy mornings, the 28th had fog that kept visibility below 800 metres until 11 am.
Temperatures were never far from normal. Two years ago, August 2009 had one daily maximum (31.8°) which was 11.4° above normal and one daily minimum (18.2°) which was 14.0° above normal.
The highest rainfall reading was quite low: 8.2 mm, recorded on the 18th. There were ten rain days, four more than usual, but the total was only 30.8 mm.

 Comparing August monthsClimate August 2011.

Mean temperature readings were above normal by half a degree. The mean early morning Dew Point (1.9°) was 0.6° lower than normal, indicating low humidity.
With only nine frosts (below +2.2° in the Gill screen), this was the least frosty August of thirteen.
Fifty-five percent cloudy mornings equalled the August record, set in 2008.
The rainfall of 30.8 mm is fairly low, in the 44th percentile for August. Rainfall totals for 3, 4, 5 and 6 months have percentile values lower than 10, making them serious rainfall shortages. Totals for larger groups of months continue to be near normal. The 12-month total (691 mm) is well above the median, being in the 61st percentile.

Data. Rainfall data is from Manilla Post Office, courtesy of Phil Pinch. Temperatures, including subsoil at 750 mm, and other data are from 3 Monash Street, Manilla.


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