For the first time in several years the summer months of June, July and August all showed above normal temperatures. August finished off the summer of 2001 with an average temperature of 70.3°, 1.8 above the normal. For the 3 month period Muskegon saw temperatures 2.8° above standard.
The 1st of the month produced the high temperature of 89°. The 80′s were a popular thermometer reading as 19 days in August saw the temperature read 80 or above. In fact Muskegon saw a high of at least 70° every day. The low temperature of 51° came on the 20th.
Precipitation exceeded norms with 4.32 inches, over a half inch over typical precipitation. The 1st of the month was again a notable day with 1.58 inches of rain falling. Also on the 22nd 1.24 inches fell.
Winds were just slightly above average at 7.6 knots just a .2 knot increase from norm. Again the 1st was the day with it’s 16.4 knot average winds the months highest. Least windy day was the 9th with only 3.8 knots average.
West was the predominant wind direction featured on 12 August days. 9 of these days showed equal to or above norm temperatures. Year to date Muskegon temperatures are +2.19° warmer than the previous 2 years.
We’ll now move into the fall. The last 2 falls have been above normal. September sees highs from 74° down to 65°. Lows typically go into the mid 40′s. A dip into the 30′s would not be abnormal.
The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures on the high side of normal, with rain near to below normal and snowfall below normal. Particular to snow fall they say, “The snowfall season is also likely to have a slow start.”
The forecasters go onto make some interesting observations. About fall they state, “since 1995 there has been only one cold fall, 1995.” In general they write, “Since the winter of 1997/1998, there have been only 2 seasons that were colder than normal, those were the summer of 2000, and the spring of 2002. Of the other 16 seasons, since the winter of 1997/ 1998, 12 were warm, and 4 were near normal. Thus, there is a clear trend recently toward seasons being warmer than normal.”
For those who enjoy warm weather no matter the season this is the era for you.
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