August had average temperatures with lots of sunshine, it was extremely dry. The temperature averaged 70.8 degrees, 0.1 degrees per day above normal. Maximum temperature was 89.0 degrees on the 26 th and a minimum temperature of 48.0 degrees was recorded on the 19 th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 80.6 degrees, 1.0 degrees above last year and 2.2 degrees above the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 61.3 degrees, 1.3 degrees warmer than last year and 1.6 degrees below the norm.
Sunshine totaled 65% of the possible sunshine hours, 7 points above the norm. We had 12 mostly clear days, 15 partly cloudy days, and 4 cloudy days. We also had morning fog on 2 days in East Wareham .
Precipitation totaled 1.10 inches, 2.80 inches below normal. We had measurable precipitation on 6 days, and of those 6 days, only 2 had measurable rainfall of 0.10 inches or better. The largest 24-hour rainfall was 0.52 inches on the 13 th. Year-to-date rainfall for 2007 is 30.25 inches, 5.81 inches below last year at this time and 0.65 inches below the average year to date for East Wareham . In the last 17 days of August there was only 0.08 inches of rainfall.
Official Summer Season
The official summer (June, July and August) averaged out at 69.4 degrees, just about average, 0.1 degrees above the average. The summer was extraordinarily dry, 4.0 inches below normal (due to the very dry June and August). Sunshine was 65% of possible, 7 points over the average (due to the very sunny August). We had a maximum temperature of 89 degrees recorded on the August 26 th and a minimum temperature of 45 degrees recorded on June 7 th. Typically, our region averages 4 days of 90 degrees or higher, our only 90+ degree day came back on May 25 th. Rainfall total 6.6 inches for the season. This was the 6 th driest August in the 81 years of record keeping in East Wareham .
2007 Crop Forecast
New England Agricultural Statistics Service gave the United States forecast for the 2007 cranberry crop on August 21 st in East Wareham , MA . This year’s forecast is for the production of 6.90 million barrels, up slightly from 2006 and 11 percent above 2005. Massachusetts ’ cranberry crop is forecasted to reach 1.8 million barrels, down 5 percent from 2006. New Jersey ’s forecast is for 520,000 barrels (up from 2006), Oregon : 500,000 barrels (up from 2006), Washington : 180,000 barrels (up from 2006), and Wisconsin : 3.90 million barrels (down from 2006). The pollination conditions during late June and into the mouth of July were good. Growers experienced an average bloom and set conditions for this year’s crop, and the berry size was rated as medium as of early August. The total crop yield for Massachusetts may be lower due to heavy sanding of bogs this past winter and the number of cranberry acreage taken out of production for bog renovation.