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August 2021 so far is cooler than normal with variable rainfall

It’s probably not a surprise to anyone that a lot of the Southeast has continued to be cooler than normal this month so far due to rain and cloud cover. In fact, you can see that overnight minimum temperatures are a lot closer to normal than the daytime highs, which are down several degrees from normal in most of the Southeast due to the clouds. The lack of sun is having some negative impacts on the crops, as is the excessive humidity. Precipitation varies around the region quite a bit depending on where you are with respect to the track of the tropical systems we have seen. These maps from the High Plains Regional Climate Center do not include most of the impact of TS Fred since they only go through the morning of August 16. Generally the coastal areas and the mountains have been wetter than normal and in between has been fairly dry.