August weather brings normalcy to Grandfather Mountain
The rainfall total for the month of 5.95 inches was 0.17 inches, or 3 percent, above the 58-year average rainfall total for August for 5.78 inches.
Rain fell 17 days during the month.
Grandfather Mountain measures precipitation at multiple locations on the mountain. Entrance gate employees recorded 5.8 inches of rain for the month and the naturalist staff recorded 8.3 inches at the weather equipment near the Fudge Shop.
The automatic weather station at the top of Grandfather Mountain recorded the average high temperature for the month as 65.6 degrees and the average low temperature as 54.9 degrees. The numbers read a few degrees higher than the State Climate Office data from Mt. Mitchell State Park.
The average high temperature at Mt. Mitchell was 63.3 degrees and the average low temperature was 52.7 degrees.
The highest three-second gust during the month was 70.22 mph recorded Aug. 29.
An old mountain tradition states that the number of foggy mornings in August tells how many snowstorms to expect in the coming winter, a spokesman for Grandfather Mountain said. Sixteen foggy mornings were recorded at Grandfather Mountain, so according to the folklore, a total of 16 snowstorms can be expected.
For more information on Grandfather Mountain's weather data or to access current conditions,visit http://www.grandfather.com.