Where are the Dog Days of Summer?

Posted August 13th, 2014 by Jill Reale. 50 comments

With the passing of a cold front today, the stage is set up for a typical Fall-like day both Thursday and Friday. And by Fall like, we mean lake effect rain showers, breezy conditions, mostly cloudy skies and highs only in the mid 60s. Some areas up north may not even get out of the 50s. By tomorrow afternoon, 850mb temperatures drop to +5°, so with Lake Ontario at a temperature of 22°, there is a good change for lake effect rain, especially across the North Country. So how unusual is it to get this cool of weather in August? Over the past 30 years, there have been only 8 years where Utica did not have a high temperature fall below 70° in August! Here is how the 30 years stack up:

Days High Temperature Fell Below 70°

2014
2013: 1
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 1
2009: 2
2008: 2
2007: 3
2006: 3
2005: 0
2004: 5
2003: 2
2002: 3
2001: 0
2000: 1
1999: 1
1998: 0
1997: 1
1996: 0
1995: 0
1994: 4
1993: 3
1992: 8 (5 days of less than 70° weather in a row)
1991: 2
1990: 2
1989: 5
1988: 2
1987: 5 (2 were in the 50s)
1986: 5 (1 in the 50s)
1985: 4
1984: 2

The good news is that the cool weather is short lived, we will be back into the 70s this weekend and into the 80s next week. The long range forecast looks to have slightly above normal temperatures for the end of August.

On a side note, as Bill said earlier, the 24 hour rainfall record was broken today in Islip with 13.26” of rain falling. The previous record was set in 2011 during Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene.

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  1. Tom (Richfield Springs):

    52 degrees, windy, mostly cloudy, .4” more of rain.

    Posted August 14th at 5:41 AM

  2. Norm (Floyd):

    56° Cloudy and calm here this morning.

    Jill, “...so with Lake Ontario at a
    temperature of 22°...”? Is that C°?

    Posted August 14th at 6:10 AM

  3. braeton:

    At 12:45, it was the temerature of 61. Partly cloudy with an average wind speed of 15. Just .04” of rain from around midnight. The pressure was 28.86.

    Posted August 14th at 12:52 PM

  4. Jill Reale (Utica):

    Norm, yes 22° in Celsius :)

    Posted August 14th at 6:17 PM

  5. Gordon (Northwestern):

    High today of 61°, but no rain today. Current temp of 55°

    Posted August 14th at 9:16 PM

  6. Tom (Richfield Springs):

    51 degrees, breezy, cloudy.

    Posted August 15th at 5:06 AM

  7. Denys (East Winfield):

    50 degrees, windy with light rain.

    Posted August 15th at 5:24 AM

  8. Gordon (Northwestern):

    High of 57° today after a morning low of 50°. The high of 57° is the lowest daily high I have recorded in the first half of The month of August in the 22 years I have lived here.

    Posted August 15th at 6:04 PM

  9. Tom (Richfield Springs):

    49 degrees, partly cloudy, light breeze, .05 of rain.”

    Posted August 16th at 5:36 AM

  10. Denys (East Winfield):

    49 degrees, partly cloudy, with a light breeze here too!

    Posted August 16th at 7:12 AM

  11. braeton (fairfield):

    It’s cloudy. The temperature is 59 degrees and we have an average wind speed of 1 coming from the southeast. 98% humidity. Pressure is 28.97.

    Posted August 16th at 8:55 AM

  12. Jill Reale (Utica):

    Rain continues to move in this evening and will be widespread for the first half of tonight. A few lingering showers into Sunday morning.

    Posted August 16th at 6:33 PM

  13. Gordon (Northwestern):

    High of 63° today, at least I was 6° higher then yesterday. Five straight days below 70°.

    Posted August 16th at 10:46 PM

  14. braeton (fairfield):

    It’s a temperature of 58 degrees with an average wind speed of 2 mph going southeast. The humidity is 100% and the pressure is 28.85. had .04” rain off and on from about 1:45 to 3:30.

    Posted August 17th at 6:14 AM

  15. Denys (East Winfield):

    58 degrees, overcast, with a light wind. Hoping for a warmer day today!

    Posted August 17th at 6:45 AM

  16. Neil (South Utica - Genesee St.):

    65* here with .20” overnight. Monthly total is at 3.50” so far.

    Posted August 17th at 9:20 AM

  17. Gordon (Northwestern):

    High of 66° today. That’s six straight days under 70°. Had .28” of rain last night.

    Posted August 17th at 10:36 PM

  18. Denys (East Winfield):

    55 degrees, overcast, and calm.

    Posted August 18th at 4:54 AM

  19. Tom (Richfield Springs):

    55 degrees, overcast, and calm here also.

    Posted August 18th at 5:45 AM

  20. Jill Reale (Utica):

    Finally seeing some sunshine this afternoon, which will help temperatures warm up into the low 70s!

    Posted August 18th at 12:09 PM

  21. Gordon (Northwestern):

    Had a high of 67° today. That is 7 straight days of temps below 70°. That is crazy for the middle of August. On a positive note, it was a great day for hiking in the Adirondacks.

    Posted August 18th at 9:31 PM

  22. Tom (Richfield Springs):

    47 degrees, calm, fog.

    Posted August 19th at 5:03 AM

  23. Denys (East Winfield):

    45 degrees, calm, and clear. I can’t see if there is any fog….too dark. :-(

    Posted August 19th at 5:20 AM

  24. Jill Reale (Utica):

    Down to 37° from Bob is Gray Reservoir! Wow that is cold for August.

    Posted August 19th at 5:43 AM

  25. Neil (South Utica - Genesee St.):

    Low of 48* here.

    Posted August 19th at 7:34 AM

  26. Tom (Richfield Springs):

    57 degrees, fair, light breeze.

    Posted August 20th at 5:02 AM

  27. Denys (East Winfield):

    59 degrees, clear, with a light wind.

    Posted August 20th at 5:14 AM

  28. Gordon (Northwestern):

    No rain yet today. High of 76, with a low last night of 61.

    Posted August 20th at 6:17 PM

  29. Tom (Richfield Springs):

    64 degrees, calm, overcast, 0.9” of rain.

    Posted August 21st at 5:02 AM

  30. Denys (East Winfield):

    64 degrees, overcast, calm, and humid.

    Posted August 21st at 5:23 AM

  31. Koz (Ilion):

    1.72” in my CoCoRaHS gauge this morning here in Ilion.

    Posted August 21st at 5:48 AM

  32. Neil (South Utica - Genesee St.):

    69* here this morning with only .15” from yesterday and last night.

    Posted August 21st at 6:43 AM

  33. Jill Reale (Utica):

    Some fog out there this morning, but besides that, looks quiet to start. More showers and thunderstorms develop this afternoon and evening.

    Posted August 21st at 7:06 AM

  34. Gordon (Northwestern):

    Posted August 21st at 10:40 AM

  35. Gordon (Northwestern):

    Posted August 21st at 10:41 AM

  36. Gordon (Northwestern):

    Sorry about the two posts above that are blank. Stupid computers. Had .35” of rain last night. Had a high temp of 76° yesterday.

    Posted August 21st at 10:44 AM

  37. Adam Musyt:

    822 PM EDT THU AUG 21 2014

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBANY HAS ISSUED A

    • FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR...
    SOUTHERN FULTON COUNTY IN EASTERN NEW YORK... THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…JOHNSTOWN...GLOVERSVILLE... SOUTHEASTERN HERKIMER COUNTY IN EASTERN NEW YORK... MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN EASTERN NEW YORK... THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…FONDA...CANAJOHARIE...

    • UNTIL 1115 PM EDT

    • AT 816 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED
    FLASH FLOODING FROM A THUNDERSTORM OVER THE WARNED AREA.

    • LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO TRIBES
    HILL...ST. JOHNSVILLE...MAYFIELD...FORT PLAIN...FORT JOHNSON... EPHRATAH...DOLGEVILLE AND BROADALBIN

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF ONE TO TWO INCHES IN THE NEXT 2 HOURS
    ARE LIKELY IN SOME RIVER BASINS IN THIS AREA. THIS IS IN ADDITION TO
    THE ONE AND A HALF TO TWO INCHES THAT HAVE FALLEN IN THESE BASINS SO
    FAR THIS EVENING.

    EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL
    CREEKS AND STREAMS...COUNTRY ROADS...AS WELL AS FARMLAND ALONG THE
    BANKS OF CREEKS AND STREAMS.

    MOST FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES. NEVER DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO
    AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY. FLOOD WATERS ARE USUALLY
    DEEPER THAN THEY APPEAR. JUST ONE FOOT OF FLOWING WATER IS POWERFUL
    ENOUGH TO SWEEP VEHICLES OFF THE ROAD. WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED
    ROADS MAKE THE SMART CHOICE...TURN AROUND...DONT DROWN.

    PLEASE REPORT FLOODING TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BY EMAIL AT
    ALB.STORMREPORT@NOAA.GOV...ON FACEBOOK AT WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/NWSALBANY
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    Posted August 21st at 8:29 PM

  38. Mumford21 (Oneida, NY):

    Where are we in terms of our Average. I am seeing reports that this is by far one of the cooler summers in since 1993. Pittsburgh its there 9th coldest summer on record since 1871. Where does Utica stand? Or Upstate New York for instance?

    Posted August 22nd at 1:20 AM

  39. Tom (Richfield Springs):

    63 degrees, overcast, calm, 0.05” of rain.

    Posted August 22nd at 5:04 AM

  40. Denys (East Winfield):

    61 degrees, partly cloudy, and calm.

    Posted August 22nd at 5:53 AM

  41. Jill Reale (Utica):

    Here are some of the rainfall totals in Montgomery County from yesterday: 4.35” Fonda, 3.41” Amsterdam, 2.92” Glen

    Posted August 22nd at 5:54 AM

  42. Jill Reale (Utica):

    Mumford: I will look into that today!

    Posted August 22nd at 5:58 AM

  43. Jill Reale (Utica):

    Temperatures will be much warmer next week, into the mid to upper 80s by Wednesday and Thursday. That being said, this summer is running 1.0° below normal so while it has been cool, it has not been record breaking. That number will decrease with the warmer temperatures next week.

    Posted August 22nd at 6:07 AM

  44. Neil (South Utica - Genesee St.):

    67* here with .20” from yesterday and last night.

    Posted August 22nd at 6:50 AM

  45. Gordon (Northwestern):

    Picked up .43” of rain yesterday. Gives me a two day total of .78”. High today ad of 2 PM has been 72°

    Posted August 22nd at 2:06 PM

  46. Tom (Richfield Springs):

    60 degrees, calm, rain, we added 1.95” of rain since this time yesterday.

    Posted August 23rd at 5:12 AM

  47. Neil (South Utica - Genesee St.):

    64* here. No measurable rainfall yesterday or last night. I’ve only received .35” since this system entered our area Wednesday morning.

    Posted August 23rd at 7:46 AM

  48. weatherjan-Oneida (Oneida):

    Mumford21,

    I have Syracuse monthly Climo. stats going back to 1903. The summer of 1992 (J,J,A) tied with the summer of 1982 as the 6th coolest. Av. T for those two years was 66.3F.

    Posted August 23rd at 11:08 AM

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