August had above-average temperatures and rainfall, with lots of sunshine. The temperature averaged 72.0 degrees, 1.3 degrees per day above normal. Maximum temperature was 90.0 degrees on the 10th and 18th and a minimum temperature of 55.0 degrees was recorded on the 8th, 9th, 30th and 31st. Daytime high temperatures averaged 80.0 degrees, 1.6 degrees above the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 65.0 degrees, 2.1 degrees above the norm.
Sunshine totaled 64% of the possible sunshine hours, 6 points above the norm. We had 14 mostly clear days, 8 partly cloudy days, and 9 cloudy days. We also had 7 days with heavy morning fog in East Wareham.
Precipitation totaled 5.34 inches, 1.27 inches above normal. We had measurable precipitation on 9 days, and of those 9 days, only 5 had measurable rainfall of 0.10 inches or more. The largest 24-hour rainfall was 3.00 inches when a tropical storm passed by the outer cape, on the 28th and 29th. Year-to-date rainfall for 2009 is 38.23 inches, 6.50 inches above the yearly average for East Wareham and 7.42 inches above last year at this time.
Official Summer Season
The official summer (June, July and August) averaged 67.3 degrees, 2.1 degrees below the 30-year average. The summer was very wet, 7.11 inches above normal precipitation (due to the very wet July). Sunshine average was 47% of possible hours, 9 points below the average (due to the very cloudy June). We had a maximum temperature of 90 degrees recorded on the August 10th and 18th and a minimum temperature of 42 degrees recorded on June 1st. Rainfall totaled 17.98 inches, 8.15 inches more than the 2008 summer season. The 2009 summer season will be remembered for the near record low temperatures and sunshine for June and record setting rainfall recorded in July.
2009 Crop Forecast
New England Agricultural Statistics Service released the United States forecast for the 2009 cranberry crop on August 18th in Carver, MA. This year’s forecast is for 7.09 million barrels, up 10 percent from 2008. Massachusetts’ cranberry crop is forecasted to reach 1.90 million barrels, down 20 percent from 2008. New Jersey’s forecast is for 540,000 barrels (up 5 percent from 2008), Oregon: 490,000 barrels (up 23 percent from 2008), Washington: 155,000 barrels (up 42 percent from 2008), and Wisconsin: 4.00 million barrels (down 11 percent from 2008). For Massachusetts, cooler temperatures and above average rainfall during the growing season reduced pollination. Frost in late spring damaged some bogs as well as winter sanding contributed to the decrease projection in production.