September was warm with above average rainfall. The temperatures averaged 65.1 degrees, which is 2.3 degrees above normal. The maximum temperature was 81 degrees on the 22nd. A minimum temperature of 45 degrees was recorded on the 13th, 29th, and the 30th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 73.1 degrees, 0.4 degrees above the norm. Evening temperatures were well above normal, averaging 57.1 degrees, 4.2 degrees above the norm.
Sunshine recorded from Blue Hill Observatory totaled 55% of possible points, one point below average.
Precipitation totaled 6.45 inches for the month of September; this is 2.61 inches above normal. This gives a year-to-date total rainfall of 33.80 inches, 0.84 inches below average and 9.29 inches below last years total rainfall at this time. We had measurable precipitation on seven days. The largest 24-hour rainfall was 2.58 inches on the 23rd. Early in the month, Hurricane Gustav and Tropical Storm Hanna passed us well out to sea, and brought high winds but no beneficial rain. In addition, Tropical Storm Isadore passed well inland and brought us rain on the 26th and 27th .
The 2002 harvest season is in full swing. Dry and wet harvesting is occurring in all areas. Some growers picked white berries in early to mid September. Small size berries is the big issue this year, but on the whole most growers are close to their estimates. There have been no reports on color or quality at this time.