As we approach the end of August, let’s take a quick look at the monthly statistics. The maps show that the rainfall this month was variable but generally close to normal except southern Florida, which was dry, and southwestern Alabama, which was very wet. The mean temperature was generally cooler than normal except in the Florida Peninsula where it was dry. Looking at the maximum and minimum temperatures shows that while the mean temperature was cooler than normal because of low daytime maximum temperatures, overnight minimum temperatures were warmer than normal. This is due to cloudy conditions during the day associated with the rainy conditions that kept the maximum temperatures lower than usual, while the high humidity kept overnight temperatures from dropping as much as they might have if conditions were drier.

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