Chipperdog.comOctober 21, 2014

Heavy Rains Pound Berks

October 15th, 2014

Friday, 10/17 Update: Storm Total was 3.72″
Other areas reporting: Reading Airport: 3.46″, Lancaster Airport: 4.43″, Lincoln Park: 3.80″, Mohnton: 3.22″, Wyomissing: 3.73″, Muhlenberg: 3.40″, Hamburg: 3.57″, Kutztown: 3.32″, Fleetwood: 3.39″, Oley: 2.73″, and Boyertown: 1.93″.

Heavy rains overspread the entire area today bringing much-needed rainfall. As of 10 PM the station recorded 2.88″ and the Reading airport received 2.91″ which smashed the daily record of 1.17″ from 1977. The western half of the county was the bulls-eye for this storm system as shown in the radar estimates below.

The large rainfall surplus we enjoyed most of the Summer finally became a deficit yesterday. We now has a 2.74″ surplus again thanks to today’s heavy storms. The Above average temperatures will continue tomorrow but will turn much cooler by the 2nd half of the upcoming weekend.

Radar Est Storm Total
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September 2014 Weather Summary

October 3rd, 2014

September was seasonable and quite dry with no notable events and actually mirrored 2013. Our trend of below normal temperatures continued as we averaged 65.5 °F, which is 1.0 °F below normal. There was one 90-degree day which is normal for the station. The high temperature of 91 °F occurred on the 6th and the low temperature of 44 °F on the 15th. The coolest September at the station was last year with an average temperature of 63.6 °F. Station extremes are 97 °F from 2010 and 41 °F from 2013.

The monthly rainfall total was 1.15″ which is nearly 4″ below the station normal of 5.04″. The maximum daily rainfall of 0.48″ was recorded on the 25th. Rainfall totals in other areas of the county were the following: Mohnton: 1.28″, Lincoln Park: 1.22″, Wyomissing: 1.40″, Reading Airport: 1.80″, West Reading: 1.60″, Laureldale: 1.88″, Fleetwood: 1.88″, Bernville: 1.35″, Kutztown: 1.51″, Oley: 2.02″, Hamburg: 1.06″, and Alburtis: 1.63″.

Station Rainfall Last 12 Months (Sep 2014)
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Nor’easter to Soften 2 Month Dry Spell

September 24th, 2014

Storm Total: 0.48″ – The storm never really got its act together and was generally pushed further east than expected by high pressure.

A Nor’easter is forecast for Thursday and could bring a much-needed 1 to 2″ of rain to a large part of our region. Areas in the I-95 corridor and towards the shore will receive the most rain from this storm. Wind for us will be generally tame at 10 mph gusting to 18 with much higher sustained and gust values closer to the shore.
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August 2014 Weather Summary

September 1st, 2014

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).
Monthly Temperature Trends CW4113
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