Thursday, September 3, 2009

August: another cool summer month + accuracy stats

After a considerably cool July, August ended up also being cooler than average, though precipitation was also below normal (versus July when it was well above normal). Following are climate summaries for Memphis and Bartlett, TN.

Memphis International Airport, Memphis, TN
At the airport, the average temperature was 79.9 degrees, which was 1.3 degrees below normal. The highest temperature for the month was 94 degrees set on the 4th and 15th and the lowest was 61 on the 31st. A total of 16 July days saw highs at or above 90 degrees. No temperature records were set in August.

Though August is typically a fairly dry month, only 1.21" of rain was recorded for the month, which was over 7" less than in July and much less than the average of 3.00". There were 6 days with measurable rainfall recorded but only 3 days with more than a tenth of an inch. The peak wind gust was 47 mph, recorded on the 10th. Click here for the NWS climate recap for August.

Bartlett, TN
WXLIVE! also recorded a cool and somewhat dry month. The average temperature for August was 77.5 degrees, with a max of 94.9 on the 4th and a min of 57.0 degrees on the 24th, one of 4 days near the end of the month that dropped into the upper 50s. Precipitation totaled 2.23" for the month, one inch more than at the airport. The peak wind gust was 28 mph on the 5th. Click here for the MWN recap.

MWN Forecast Accuracy
The MWN Forecast turned in its month impressive month of 2009 in August with an average temperature error of just 1.60 degrees for all forecasts, besting the computer models and the National Weather Service once again. Accuracy statistics can be found here.

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