In a typical year, August is one of the hottest and driest months of the year in Logan County. The average daily temperature in August is 92 and the monthly rainfall averages 3.1 inches.
No so this year.
August has been unusually cool and wet this year in Paris and north Logan County.
According to rainfall totals gathered at the water production plant in Paris, we’ve had 7.35 inches of rain this month. That’s more than twice the normal rainfall for August. Other areas in north Logan County have recorded higher amounts of rain.
It’s also been cooler than normal for an August in Paris. As of Monday, Paris has seen only five days this month where the high temperature reached or exceeded 90 degrees. The hottest days were this weekend with highs of 95 degrees. We’ve had one day this month where the high temperature was 74 (Tuesday, Aug. 1) and 11 days where the highs were in the 80s.
And the milder than normal, wetter than normal weather pattern looks like it will be with us through the rest of this month, based on the National Weather Service forecast. That forecast calls for highs in the mid to lower 80s for the rest of this month and rain chances from 10 percent to 50 percent each day. That, however, is subject to change.
According to Paris water production plant manager Jason Cauthron, water demand is down, but that may or may not be because of the weather. Monday, Cauthron said water demand in Paris has been between 1.7 million and 1.8 million gallons a day this month. Normal demand this time of year is 2.1 million gallons a day.
“It’s down but it may not be because of the weather,” Cauthron said Monday. “We’re a little below normal for this time of year, but we’ve been a little below normal all year long. It may be because Scranton has been using less of our water.”
Scranton’s main water supplier is Clarkville. Scranton purchase water from Paris on a secondary basis.
As for next month, the forecast for September in Arkansas is cooler than normal temperatures. The average high in September is 84 degrees.