by Kevin Shaw, Observer in Charge

September 2018 kept up the patterns of the 2018 summer with warm and wet

conditions most of the month. No really big one-day rains this month, but there

were 5 days with over an inch of rainfall, and a total of 17 days of measurable

rain (which coincidentally was the same amount of cloudy days during the

month). There were two 7 day streaks of measurable rain during the month

(7-13 – 5.43” and 22-28 – 3.69”). Those 2 groups (about half the month)

constituted about 88% of the total monthly precipitation (10.34”). The rainiest

day of the month was on the 7th (1.58”) when a strong front came through

with a thunderstorm, cooling us off from our big early month heat spell.

This heat spell featured 4 straight days with max temps of 90° or more (the

only ones of the month, from the 3rd through the 6th), and also a string of

minimum temperatures of greater than 70° with similar high dew point

temperatures, mostly in the 70s. The nights were particularly oppressive,

especially when looking forward to more pleasant fall temperatures coming

in to the area. All the rain that fell thereafter the rest of the month helped cool

us off a bit, but we still had several humid days.

The highest temperature reached during the month was 90.5° on the 6th

while the lowest temperature in September was 55.5° on the 27th. The

highest dew point temperature reached during the month was 79° during

our early month heat spell on the 3rd while the lowest dew point temperature

value reached during September was 50° on the wet, cool, rainy 27th.

Barometric pressure differences during the month increased a bit over the

previous summer months, with the lowest values found on the 18th, when

29.78” was reached. During that time I was having weather station

connection problems, so several readings (but not the barometric

readings) had to be estimated from very nearby, trusted weather

observers. September’s pressure extremes included the extreme

highest pressure for the month (30.38”) on the last day of the month

while the extreme lowest (29.78”) was on the 18th. The low reading

matched the low reading in August, ironically. This rainy September

had 17 cloudy days, 9 partly cloudy days, and 4 clear/sunny days.

There were 17 heating degree days and 219 cooling degree days

during the month. There were 14 foggy days, 8 windy days and 5

days with thunder The windy day category is subjective with no

personal real data values to back it, just based on my

descriptive email daily weather posts that are posted on

Daily max/min temperatures varied about the same as the previous

summer months. My maximum temperature frequencies included 4

days of 90° or greater, 9 days between 80° and 89°, 13 days between

70° and 79°, and 4 days between 60° and 69°. On the minimum

temperature frequency side of things, there were 6 days between 50°

and 59°, 13 days between 60° and 69°, and 11 days at or above 70°.

The coolest daily max temperature was 61.8° on the 23rd with the

warmest daily min temp 74.7° on the 4th.

The diurnal range daily monthly average was only 11.7°. Our greatest

daily range of temperature was 17.5° on the 5th, formed from a high of

90.3° and a steamy low of 73.1°. We had a total of 22 days with daily

ranges at or above 10°. Our lowest range of temperature was 3.2°

(71.3° – 68.1°) on the 11th which was one of our many wet days

during the month. There were 8 total days with diurnal temperature

ranges of less than 10.0°, mostly on cloudy, rainy days. The wet, cloudy

month really muted our diurnal ranges. Normally I get several days

with above a 20° range (at least) and sometimes days with 30° or greater.

I had power (battery) problems with my VP2 weather station several days

mid-month. Several readings (but not rain or pressure) had to be

estimated for about a week (roughly the 12th – 18th) as noted on my

spreadsheet comment entries. I am still constantly checking on my

data quality frequently, along with discussion and data comparison with

several of my Maryland weather cohorts and reliable online close by

observer data. I continue to occasionally (as time allows) submit GLOBE

Cloud observations, complete with submission of sky pictures at the time

of the observation, usually timed with the passage of satellites and/or

solar noon (about 70 minutes past actual EDT noon). Please ask me

any questions you want at any time about my station setup and/or my

data through any means available to you.


Average high temperature 77.6°
Average low temperature 65.9°
Mean temperature 71.7°

Precipitation 10.34″

(+6.35” – long-term PRISM normals from CoCoRaHS)

Greatest daily amount (date) 1.58″ (7)
Greatest storm total (dates) 3.55” (7-9)
2018 year-to-date precipitation total 48.42″

High temperature for the month (date) 90.5° (6)
Low temperature for the month (date) 55.5° (27)

Highest barometric pressure (date) 30.38” (30)
Lowest barometric pressure (date) 29.78” (18)

Peak wind gust (date/direction): N/A

Heating degree days for the month: 17
Cooling degree days for the month: 219

Greatest diurnal range (date):17.2° (5)
Least diurnal range (date) 3.2° (11)

Number of days:

Fog 14
Windy 8
Thunder 5
Cloudy 17
Partly Cloudy 9
Sunny/Clear 4
Max temp ≥ 90° 4
Min temp < 60° 7
Precip ≥ 0.01” 17


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