Columbia (WACH/NWS) -- August 2013 is behind us and with it we experienced some record events in the Midlands.
One noticeable accomplishment was we never reached the century mark for a month that is typically known as the ??dog days of summer.?? Infact, we have not hit triple digits in the Midlands once this summer.
In fact, the warmest temperature recorded at Columbia Metropolitan Airport was 96 degrees on August 12th, 13th, and 29th.
At Hamilton-Owens Field in Columbia the warmest temperature we experienced was 97 degrees on August 11th and 12th.
Another record that we dealt with is one that many people do not think about?|coldest high temperatures. We tied, or broke that record three times in August:
- August 15th ?? Tied the coldest high temperature of 74, originally set in 1964.
- August 16th ?? 70 degrees for the high broke the previous record of 71 degrees set in 1964.
- August 17th ?? 71 degrees for the high broke the previous record of 76 set in 1981.
The reason for the cold temperatures was due to what??s known as a wedge pattern. These patterns typically occur during the colder months of the year.
High pressure developing north of the Carolinas, and rain each day helped support the unseasonably cold temperatures we experienced.
Another thing that we experienced a great deal of was rain.
We finished August with a total of 7.51 inches of rainfall which is 2.25 inches above the normal of 5.26 inches.
Even with what seemed to be a great deal of rain, our August surplus does not even crack the top ten August rain totals.
While summer does not officially end until September 22nd, 2013 will go down as the summer that was not.