Climatological Report (Monthly)
Issued by NWS Spokane, WA

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CLIMATE REPORT...UPDATED TO INCLUDE MONTHLY NARRATIVE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPOKANE, WA
400 PM PDT FRI SEP 4 2015

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...THE WENATCHEE WA PANGBORN FIELD CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST 2015...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1959 TO 2015

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH             109   08/04/1961
 LOW               42   08/23/1992
HIGHEST           105   08/01        MM      MM      102  08/04
LOWEST             54   08/23        MM      MM       57  08/30
                        08/22                             08/25
                                                          08/23
AVG. MAXIMUM     89.5              86.1     3.4     89.3
AVG. MINIMUM     64.3              60.8     3.5     65.1
MEAN             76.9              73.5     3.4     77.2
DAYS MAX >= 90     15              10.1     4.9       17
DAYS MAX <= 32      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MIN <= 32      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.0     0.0        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         2.01   1976
 MINIMUM         0.00   2011
                        2006
                        2000
TOTALS           0.02              0.20   -0.18     0.83
DAILY AVG.       0.00              0.01   -0.01     0.03
DAYS >= .01         1               2.1    -1.1        5
DAYS >= .10         0               0.6    -0.6        2
DAYS >= .50         0               0.0     0.0        1
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.0     0.0        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.02   08/30 TO 08/30           08/13 TO 08/14

DEGREE_DAYS
COOLING TOTAL     376                80     296      386
 SINCE 1/1       1338               788     550     1091
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              9.2
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    33/300    DATE  08/21
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    42/310    DATE  08/21

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.10
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           30
NUMBER OF DAYS PC              1
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY          0

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     33

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                0     RAIN                       0
LIGHT RAIN                1     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       0
LIGHT SNOW                0     SLEET                      0
FOG                       0     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      0
HAZE                      9

-  INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS.
R  INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED.
MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING.
T  INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT.

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AUGUST 2015 BROUGHT A CONTINUATION OF WARMER AND DRIER THAN NORMAL
CONDITIONS TO NORTH CENTRAL WASHINGTON. THE MONTH STARTED OFF ON A
VERY HOT NOTE WITH WENATCHEE HITTING 105 DEGREES ON THE 1ST. THE
WARM AND DRY CONDITIONS COMBINED WITH THE ONGOING DROUGHT AND AN
EPISODE OF DRY LIGHTNING LATE ON THE 13TH AND EARLY ON THE 14TH
RESULTING IN NUMEROUS NEW FIRES AROUND CHELAN...THE OKANOGAN
VALLEY...AND THE OKANOGAN HIGHLANDS.  THEN A STRONG DRY COLD FRONT
LATER ON THE 14TH RESULTED IN SIGNIFICANT GROWTH ON THE FIRES ALONG
WITH BLOWING DUST. WENATCHEE AIRPORT RECORDED A PEAK WIND OF 40 MPH.
BLOWING DUST RESULTED IN A DUST STORM ACROSS THE COLUMBIA BASIN WITH
MULTIPLE WRECKS SOUTH OF RITZVILLE ON HIGHWAY 395.  THE NUMEROUS
LARGE FIRES RESULTED IN SEVERAL AIR QUALITY ALERTS ACROSS THE
REGION. ON THE 15TH A THUNDERSTORM PRODUCING HEAVY RAIN CLOSED
HIGHWAY 153 NEAR ROSS ROAD IN THE METHOW VALLEY. ANOTHER STRONG COLD
FRONT ON THE 29TH BROUGHT MORE SIGNIFICANT WIND AND BLOWING DUST
ACROSS THE COLUMBIA BASIN.  COOLER WEATHER WITH SHOWERS ON THE 30TH
BROUGHT IMPROVED AIR QUALITY TO THE REGION.

SEVERAL TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE SET DURING THE MONTH AT THE
WENATCHEE AIRPORT.  THIS INCLUDES A HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 103 DEGREES
ON THE 12TH...AND A RECORD WARM LOW TEMPERATURE OF 75 ON BOTH THE
3RD AND 13TH.


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