August had average temperatures and slightly above average rainfall, with lots of sunshine. The temperature averaged 70.6 degrees, 0.1 degree per day below normal. Maximum temperature was 92.3 degrees on the 31st and a minimum temperature of 51.8 degrees was recorded on the 28th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 79.9 degrees, 1.5 degrees above the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 61.8 degrees, 1.1 degrees below the norm. The last three days of August were very hot and humid, with Hurricane Earl approaching. There were only 2 days with 90 degrees or higher this month.
Sunshine totaled 60% of the possible sunshine hours, 2 points above the norm. We had 11 mostly clear days, 7 partly cloudy days, and 13 cloudy days. We had just 1 day with heavy morning fog in East Wareham.
Precipitation totaled 4.59 inches, 0.52 inches above normal. We had measurable precipitation on 8 days, and of those 8 days, 7 had measurable rainfall of 0.10 inches or more. The largest 36-hour rainfall was 2.55 inches, with a three-day total of 3.16 inches on the 23rd, 24th and 25th. Year-to-date rainfall for 2010 has received 35.00 inches of rain, 3.33 inches above the yearly average for East Wareham and 3.23 inches lower than last year at this time. We had 1 early morning thunderstorm on the 17th and high winds for 2 days during the rain event on the 23rd and 24th.
Official Summer Season
The official summer (June, July and August) was very warm, dry and sunny. The average temperature was 71.4 degrees, 2.0 degrees above the 30-year average and total rainfall with 0.82 inches below normal precipitation. Sunshine average was 60% of possible hours, 3 points above the average and 12 points above the sunshine for 2009. We had a maximum temperature of 95.0 degrees recorded on July 6th and a minimum temperature of 46.0 degrees recorded on June 9th. Rainfall totaled 10.05 inches, 7.93 inches less than the 2009 summer season. This year’s summer rainfall was similar to the 2008 summer season and within a quarter of an inch of the average rainfall for the summer season in East Wareham. The 2010 summer season will be remembered for the 2 official heat waves, one in July, which lasted 4 days and one at the end of August, which lasted 3 days. We had a total of 8 days this summer with 90 degrees or higher temperatures.
2010 Crop Forecast
New England Agricultural Statistics Service released the United States forecast for the 2010 cranberry crop on August 17th in East Wareham, MA. This year’s forecast is for 7.35 million barrels, up 6 percent from 2009. Massachusetts’ cranberry crop is forecasted to reach 1.95 million barrels (up 7 percent from 2009). New Jersey’s forecast is for 530,000 barrels (down 5 percent from 2009), Oregon: 385,000 barrels (down 10 percent from 2009), Washington: 135,000 barrels (down 16 percent from 2009), and Wisconsin: 4.35 million barrels (up 10 percent from 2009).