September is officially over and it probably won’t surprise you to find out it was one of the warmest on record. The average high temperature in Huntsville last month was a scorching 92.4 degrees, which is the highest mean high temperature on record for the month of September. Now that’s just the average high temperature; we were still able to enjoy a few cool nights especially by the end of September.
As was the trend all summer, September also fell behind on rainfall. Huntsville only picked up .47 inches all month. That’s the 9th driest on record. Huntsville and Muscle shoals both are just over 7 inches behind on annual rainfall.
We would love to say that October will bring relief, but it looks like this warm, dry trend will be tough to break. The Climate Prediction Center released the temperature and precipitation outlook for October today, and it features a familiar pattern; above average temperatures and below average rainfall. That’s not to say that we won’t wake up to a few chilly mornings (like how we started the month Saturday morning!), but you’ll want to enjoy each little cool down and shower we get.
While we continue to see dry days ahead don’t forget it’s best to water your lawn and plants in the early morning or at night. This will conserve water by cutting down on the amount of water evaporated after watering.