August drier than average |

August drier than average

Cliff Thompson

AVON – August was drier than average in Avon, and it also provided the warmest nighttime temperature there in 36 or more years.Temperature and precipitation readings taken by Frank Doll, a weather watcher for the National Weather Service since 1968, show just .99 inch of rain fell – 68 percent of the 1.45 inch average.The warmest nighttime temperature Doll has ever recorded in any month – 63 degrees – occurred Aug. 5. Typical low temperatures are nearly 20 degrees cooler. Hot weather during the day and a cloud cover at night kept air temperatures unusually warm.”I’ve never seen that happen before,” Doll said.The hottest temperature was 89 degrees on Aug. 4 and Aug. 16 while the coldest was 35 degrees Aug. 28. Average daily high temperature was 79 and the low, 47.7.On Labor Day the Eagle River at Avon was flowing at 121 cubic feet per-second, nearly double the water level prior to the weekend’s rains.Staff Writer Cliff Thompson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 450, or cthompson@vaildaily.comVail, Colorado

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