August has been.........wait, am I sounding like a broken record? WARM! In Burlington just one day so far has seen 'below-average-temperatures through the first half of the month (15 days). Nearby Montpelier has only had two, and the adjacent St. Johnsbury area has only had three. It continues the streak of warm weather our region has felt since April of last year.
Here's the data for those three cities, courtesy the National Weather Service in Burlington. Their climate page is awesome! Check it out here if you want to float around, do some searching, see where I'm pulling my #'s from.
To clarify, the "average temperature" is simply the average temperature for the day. So it takes into effect the low and high temperatures for that day and simplifies it into a solid number. I like looking at this because it's an easier way to look at temperature trends rather than highs and lows versus average. So the right-hand-columns show a decrease in our 'climate numbers' which we have here in August as we start to cool downward into Autumn. August 6 was a widespread 'cooler-than-average day.' All three of the locations here showed slightly cooler air compared to average, but not by much. Burlington only missed the mark by a half-degree, however Montpelier and St. J missed the mark by more. Burlington saw only one day so far of below average temperatures which is pretty interesting!
Of the first 15 days this month:
As I mentioned before, I just pulled a few cities here and there are more cities you can do this for. For locations in southern Vermont, Bennington and Windham counties, you'll have to use the Albany, NY National Weather Service site here http://www.nws.noaa.gov/climate/local_data.php?wfo=aly
Gray, Maine covers Grafton and Sullivan counties New Hampshire including the town of Lebanon, NH: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/climate/local_data.php?wfo=gyx
In the near term, Thursday the 16th of August through Thursday the 23rd temperatures will be at or below average for the period. However there are indications that the last week of August will be warmer than average. Nonetheless it will likely be another month in a row that Burlington has seen warmer-than-average temperatures!
-Meteorologist Steve Glazier