Climatological Report (Monthly)
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CLIMATE REPORT...CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEDFORD, OR
254 AM PDT SAT SEP 1 2018

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...THE MEDFORD OR CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST 2018...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1911 TO 2018

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH             114   08/08/1981
 LOW               39   08/27/1962
HIGHEST           100   08/09                        112  08/02
LOWEST             49   08/25                         52  08/15
AVG. MAXIMUM     91.4              90.7     0.7     95.0
AVG. MINIMUM     58.5              56.8     1.7     61.1
MEAN             75.0              73.7     1.3     78.1
DAYS MAX >= 90     21              17.5     3.5       24
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         2.83   1976
TOTALS           0.00R             0.40   -0.40     0.14
DAILY AVG.       0.00              0.01   -0.01     0.00
DAYS >= .01         0               1.9    -1.9        1
DAYS >= .10         0               1.0    -1.0        1
DAYS >= .50         0               0.2    -0.2        0
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.0     0.0        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.00   08/31 TO 08/31

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL            0.0   2010
TOTALS            0.0               0.0     0.0      0.0
SINCE 7/1         0.0               0.0     0.0      0.0

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL       0                 4      -4        0
 SINCE 7/1          0                10     -10        0
COOLING TOTAL     318               275      43      413
 SINCE 1/1        908               707     201     1125

FREEZE DATES
RECORD
 EARLIEST     09/13/1921
 LATEST       06/12/1952
EARLIEST                        10/18
LATEST                          04/29
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              4.1
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    22/300    DATE  08/10
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    30/300    DATE  08/26

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.20
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           26
NUMBER OF DAYS PC              5
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY          0

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     43

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                0     RAIN                       0
LIGHT RAIN                0     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
SMOKE/HAZE               31

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

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AUGUST PICKED UP RIGHT WHERE JULY LEFT OFF. IF ONE WORD COULD DEFINE
WHAT IT WAS LIKE, "SMOKY" WOULD HAVE TO BE IT. WILDFIRES VIRTUALLY
SURROUNDED THE AREA, WITH AFTERNOON WINDS USHERING IN THICK, CHOKING
SMOKE. EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE MONTH, SMOKE OR HAZE WAS REPORTED AT
THE ROGUE VALLEY INTERNATIONAL-MEDFORD AIRPORT WITH ONLY BRIEF AND
WELCOME RESPITES HERE AND THERE. THE MAIN CULPRITS OF ALL THE SMOKE
WERE THE KLONDIKE/TAYLOR CREEK FIRES BURNING IN THE KALMIOPSIS
WILDERNESS, THE NATCHEZ FIRE BURNING IN NORTHWEST SISKIYOU COUNTY,
AND THE SOUTH UMPQUA COMPLEX OF FIRES, INCLUDING THE MILES AND
SUGARPINE FIRES, BURNING ALONG THE DOUGLAS/JACKSON COUNTY BORDERS
ABOUT HALFWAY BETWEEN TILLER AND PROSPECT. THROUGH THE 31ST AND
DATING BACK TO JULY 17TH, THERE HAVE BEEN 46 CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF
SMOKE-FILLED AIR, WHICH ESSENTIALLY FORCED MANY LOCALS TO REMAIN
INDOORS, WEAR SMOKE-APPROVED MASKS OR SEEK CLEANER AIR ELSEWHERE.
OVERALL, IT WASN`T AN EXTREMELY HOT MONTH, MAINLY DUE TO THE SMOKE,
BUT IT WAS ABOVE NORMAL WITH 21 DAYS REACHING OR EXCEEDING 90
DEGREES. THERE WAS ONLY ONE 100-DEGREE DAY DURING THE MONTH, EXACTLY
100 DEGREES ON THE 9TH. ALSO LIKELY OWING TO THE AMOUNT OF WILDFIRE
SMOKE IN THE REGION, THERE WERE NO LIGHTNING STRIKES AT THE AIRPORT
DURING THE MONTH AND NARY A DROP OF RAIN FELL.

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