One day in September brings most of month’s rain, year-to-date totals still 11 inches below average

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Higher temperatures, 3 inches of rain in September

By Carl Quintrell, weather correspondent

STANLEY, Oct. 2 — High temperatures for September were slightly above average. The average mean temperature was 68.5 degrees, or 1 degree above the 55-year average of 67.5 degrees. The average afternoon high temperature for the month was 79.0 degrees, or 0.8 degree above the average high of 78.2 degrees.

High temperatures for September climbed into the 90s on six day, the 80s on seven days, the 70s on 11 days in the 60s on six days during the month. The high for the month was 98 degrees on Sept. 6 .

The warmest September on record was in 2019, where the average mean temperature was 72.4 degrees and with six days reaching the 90-degree mark or higher. The coolest September was in 2001, where the average mean temperature was only 63.6 degrees, with no days reaching the 90–degree mark.

The average daily low temperature for the month was 57.9 degrees, or 1.2 degrees above the average low of 56.7 degrees. Low temperatures for September were down into the 40s on two days, the 50s on 16 days and into the 60s on 12 days during the month. The low for the month was 47 degrees on Sept. 16.

Rainfall for the month was 3.18 inches, or 0.91 inch below the average of 4.09 inches. The month of September had nine days with measurable rain. The average number of days with rain during September is nine. The total year-to-date rainfall is 20.32 inches, or 10.92 inches below average.

The driest September dates back to 1985, with only 0.32 inch of rain recorded. The wettest September was 2003, with 14.15 inches of rain thanks to the remnants of Hurricane Isabel.

The peak wind gust for the month was 24 mph on Sept. 7.

One record was broken during the month — a total of 2.12 inches of rain was recorded on Sept. 23. The previous record was 0.98 inch on the same day in 2003.

Other statistics for the month:

• 19 clear to partly cloudy days (19 avg.)
• 11 cloudy to mostly cloudy days (11 avg.)
• 26 days with dew (22 avg.)
• Zero days with frost (zero avg.)
• Two days with fog (four avg.)
• Two days with a thundershower (two avg.)



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