AUGUST  2013

August 2013 was a very dry, sunny and mild month.
The rain total of 10.8 mm was 37 mm less than the average. The rain fell on just three days with the heaviest fall being 10.4 mm on the 17th.
Day temperatures were much higher than normal, particularly in the last week of the month when temperatures exceeded 18 degrees every day.

Overnight temperatures were close to normal, and the numerous clear nights resulted in 26 frosts which was the highest for August since 1994.
Prevailing winds were moderate westerlies, there were no thunderstorms, no hail and no snowfalls.

Noteworthy events:
- A cold front passed through New South Wales bringing strong winds, low temperatures and very light snow in Walcha during the morning. The snow did not make it any further north. Armidale’s maximum temperature was just 8.5 degrees with the strong winds generating wind chill temperatures close to zero degrees for most of the day.


AUGUST 2013 STATISTICS  (long term averages in brackets)

Rainfall:  10.8 mm  (47.7 mm)

Rain days:  3  (9)
2013 rainfall total Jan to Aug:  442.0 mm  (495.6 mm)

Average maximum temp:  16.1 deg  (14.1 deg)  

Average minimum temp:  -0.4 deg  (-0.2 deg)  

Highest maximum temp:  21.5 deg on the 30th 

Lowest maximum temp:  8.5 deg on the 8th 

Highest minimum temp:  6.2 deg on the 1st 

Lowest minimum temp:  -7.0 deg on the 16th 

Fine sunny days:  23  (18)

Ideal weather days:  2  (3)

Days with thunderstorms:  0  (1)

Days with frosts:  26  (20)   light: 8,  moderate: 15,  severe: 3   

Days with fogs:  0  (2)

Wind direction at 3pm & number of days:  W: 16,  SW: 10,  NW: 3,  E: 1,  NE: 1 

Average daily pan evaporation:  2.4 mm  (2.1 mm)

August 2013 daily data