August 2012 was a relatively uneventful weather month for the Capital Region of Upstate New York. It was quite warm and dry for the majority of the month, with a brief cool down around the mid month time frame. The beginning and end of the month were generally warm.
- TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION SUMMARY
The average monthly temperature for August, 2012, was 72.2 degrees. This was 2.1 degrees above the normal average monthly temperature of 70.1 degrees. The highest temperature recorded during the month, at the Albany International Airport, was a sweltering 92 degrees on the 4th if the month, while the lowest temperature was 49 degrees on the 30th. There were two days during the month when the Mercury reached or exceeded the 90 degree mark. Climatologically speaking, Albany, NY, usually sees around one to two 90 degree plus days during the month, so this value was essentially average. The temperature reached 89 degrees on four days during the month, the 2nd, 8th, 9th, and to round out the month on the 31st.
The Albany International Airport saw 2.60 inches of precipitation fall during the month. This was 0.86 inches below the monthly normal of 3.46 inches. The greatest amount of rain to fall in a 24 hour period was 1.29 inches on the 27th and 28th.
- WIND DATA AND SUMMARY
The average wind speed at the Albany International Airport was 4.5 MPH for the month of August. The highest sustained wind speed was 23 MPH from the south (170 degree direction on the compass) on the 5th. The strongest gust during the month was also recorded on the 5th of the month, from the south (170 degree direction on the compass), at 30 MPH.
- GENERAL WEATHER SUMMARY
The month of August 2012 was essentially a rather uneventful month in the world of weather for the Capital Region. No record high or low temperatures were set, nor precipitation records.
The month started out under the influence of a large and expansive ridge of high pressure that brought a period of hazy, hot, and humid conditions to the region. Temperatures would exceed the 90 degree mark twice during the period of the 1st through the 6th of the month, not to do again for the remainder of the month, despite coming close (within a degree as noted in the temperature section of this article).
A moderately strong cold front passed through the region on the 6th, putting an end to the heat and humidity, and bringing strong to severe thunderstorms to portions of the area.
Unsettled weather would dominate the region from the 6th to the 16th, as several fast moving frontal boundaries would pass through the area, bringing some beneficial rainfall at times. This would be followed by Canadian high pressure building in for the mid month period, with high temperatures in the 70’s and low 80’s through the 23rd.
The area of high pressure would slowly move east of the region by the 24th, allowing for a warm up to ensue with highs generally in the 80’s (except for the 29th, when the mercury only reached a 75 degrees maximum) to end the month.
A cold front would bring showers and thunderstorms to the region on the 27th and 28th. Despite bringing some much needed rainfall to the area, it would not be enough to bring the region to within climatologically ‘normal’ ranges for monthly precipitation.
The month would end on a dry and quite warm note, as the mercury flirted with, but came short of reaching, the 90 degree mark on the 30th.
The climate data used for this article was obtained from various products issued by the National Weather Service at Albany, NY by clicking here.
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