August 16, 2006
JULY 2006: Another Month of Ample Rains
As of this writing, July has furnished our crops — both field and garden — with ample water. From strawberries to melons, sweet corn and all vegetables in between. We can all hope that this continues through the often dry month of August. We must expect warmer days with thunder and lightning in a summer rainsquall. A hurricane, soon, late or later, we can do without — but the time is running short!
We have had two days with temperatures in the nineties. Warmest was 94º on the 17th. Nights were mainly in the 60s. Coolest nighttime temperature was 59º on the 24th. We had five nights with the warmest temperature of 72º. Our prevailing wind was, as always, from the southwest on 24 days.
We have experienced an above average number of cloudy days this July, mainly during the first half of the month. We had a severe thunder and lightning period on the 18th, which caused several house fires.
Recorded were seven clear, five partly cloudy and 19 cloudy days. One of the largest and most colorful rainbows was at 7:30 p.m. on the 20th. From Bridgehampton, it appeared at close to 90º, that is, nearly overhead. An agricultural note: When we had our dairy, oh how we wished we had such grass and clover for our milk cows in July and early August as we have had during the past wet months! Yes, our humid weather usually continues through August, but will the many rains continue?
The Caribbean circles of winds have been reasonably calm so far this season. The only thing we can do is HOPE they stay that way. But our time is running short!
The Bridgehampton U.S. Cooperative Weather Observer Station was set up on our Bridgehampton Hill View Farm on July 30th and 31st in 1930. The first observation was recorded on August 1st, 1930 and official weather records have been kept every day since. Not a single day has ever been missed.
For the record, Mr. Ernest S. Clowes, a retired writer and one time observer for the Weather Service, and my friend, was the one who thought this young farm man would be the one who might carry on this recording work for the future. With the help, at times, of my father and later my son, we have today an unbroken record of the weather for this area. Never has a day been missed. Seventy-six years is a reasonably long period to keep a job, and with my son's help it will continue.
RICHARD G. HENDRICKSON
U.S. COOPERATIVE WEATHER OBSERVER
BRIDGEHAMPTON, L.I., NEW YORK.