Last month was the sixth hottest August on record for the area
By David Skolnick
Though it only got into the 90s twice last month, it was still the sixth-warmest August for the Mahoning Valley on record.
“It was a month characterized by a consistent warmth,” said Eric Wilhelm, chief meteorologist for 21 WFMJ-TV, The Vindicator’s broadcast partner. “We had numerous days with highs in the upper 80s.”
The warmest day was Aug. 12 at 91 degrees followed a day later with a high of 90 degrees. Fifteen other days has a high of at least 85 degrees.
Last month’s average temperature of 74.1 degrees was the sixth warmest for an August in the Valley, according to the National Weather Service, which has local weather data going back to 1897.
That is 5 degrees warmer than an average August in the Valley.
The warmest August on record is 1947 with an average temperature of 75.9 degrees.
The NWS records weather information at Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Vienna.
The area had 5.01 inches of rain for the month, including 1.4 inches that fell Wednesday as of 5 p.m., according to the weather service. Also, 2.37 inches of rain was reported from Aug. 10 to 13.
The average rainfall for August is 3.13 inches.
“The airport numbers are deceiving,” Wilhelm said. “It’s been dry in August as you can tell from people’s yards being various shades of brown.”
“For most of us, it was a hot August,” added Martin Thompson, a hydrometeorological technician with the NWS in Cleveland. “If you were outdoors during August, you knew it was hot despite there not being many days of 90-degree temperatures.”
While it’s going to be cool the first few days of September, the area will be back to highs in the mid-80s for the first half of the month, Wilhelm said.
“We’ll get a little taste of fall and then it’s back to being warm again,” he said.
Temperatures for the area for September, October and November should be above normal, Thompson said.