Jacksonville got much-needed rain relief in August

By Gary Scott on September 5, 2015 at 8:18am

3.05 inches of rain fell at the WLDS-WEAI reporting station, about five inches less than what was received in July. The decrease in precipitation allowed months-long flood warnings posted for local rivers and other waterways to disappear.

Although it’s much less rain than Jacksonville saw earlier this summer, three-plus inches of rain is the average amount we see in August. The big rain event last month was on August 19th, when we measured 1.83 inches in a 24-hour period.

As for the temperatures, we averaged 72.6 degrees last month, which is several degrees cooler than normal. Almost all of the record highs for August are triple-digits, and we didn’t get that high. WE did reach the 90s three times. The cool-down began in the last week, with highs consistently in the 70s.

It’s been a warm start to the month of September, but the dry trend has continued.