August continued the 2014 trend of below average temperatures and set a station record for coolest August. The average temperature was 70.1 °F, which is 2.9 °F below normal. There were no 90-degree days where we typically have 4 such days. The high temperature of 88 °F occurred on the 27th and 31st while the low of 51 °F occurred on the 16th. The coolest August at the station was this year and the warmest was 77 °F from 2005.
The graph below shows that every month in 2014 has been below normal. It also shows the station’s normal low and high temperature range for each month based on 11 years of data (click for a larger image).
The monthly rainfall total was 2.68″ which is 1.85″ below the station normal of 4.53″. The maximum daily rainfall of 1.44″ was recorded on the 12th. At the end of the month we still accumulated a rainfall surplus of 5.12″ for the year! Rainfall totals in other areas of the county were the following: Mohnton: 2.73″, Lincoln Park: 2.64″, Wyomissing: 2.77″, Reading Airport: 2.87″, West Reading: 2.42″, Laureldale: 4.31″, Fleetwood: 3.42″, Boyertown: 3.19″, Kutztown: 3.70″, Oley: 3.79″, Hamburg: 4.08″, and Alburtis: 4.14″.
Wind averaged 2.2 mph which is typical for August and the predominant wind direction was West South-West. The peak wind gust of 26 mph occurred on the 16th and there were 289 hours of calm winds recorded.
Sunshine hours totaled 173 hours which is slightly above our monthly average of 168 hours. A typical maximum daily solar reading was down to 920 w/m² and the maximum daily UV index averaged a typical 7.8.
County Records at the Reading Airport: None
Station All-Time Records Set:
Coolest August 70.1°F breaking 70.4°F from 2013
Note: Station normal and averages include the current year’s values and date back to 2004.
Note: Station rain totals other than the Reading Airport are from CoCoRaHS and are typically recorded at 9 AM so the totals may not align with ours if precipitation events occur at the end of the month or the beginning of the next month.