August 2022 Climate Report for Memphis, TN

August Climate Recap

The heat of late June and July continued into the first week or so of August, before settling in near average for the next couple of weeks. The last week of the month turned to above average once again, with the end result being an average temperature for the month near one degree above normal. However, the average temperature was over four degrees cooler than July! For the period of “meteorological summer” (June-August), summer 2022 ended as the fourth hottest on record, behind only 1980, 2010, and 2011.

Precipitation for the month was fairly abundant in spots, but was beneficial for the entire metro. While nearly 6″ fell at Memphis International Airport, just over 3.5″ fell in Bartlett. The result of more precipitation was very evident in the change in the drought index maps, as shown below. Severe drought encompassed large sections of the metro at the start of the month, but by the end of the month, the worst drought was “moderate” in parts of northwest MS, while drought was completely removed in Shelby County. There was no severe weather during the month, though Flood Advisories were issued for heavy rain a number of times during the month and a Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for far eastern DeSoto and northern Marshall Counties on the 21st.
Comparison of the Drought Index from the beginning to end of August shows the results of a good amount of rainfall across the Mid-South, especially in west TN and northeast AR. (U.S. Drought Monitor)

Memphis International Airport, Memphis, TN

Average temperature: 83.0 degrees (0.9 degrees above average) 
Average high temperature: 91.8 degrees (0.3 degrees above average) 
Average low temperature: 74.1 degrees (1.5 degrees above average) 
Warmest temperature: 98 degrees (27th) 
Coolest temperature: 68 degrees (13th, 17th) 
Heating Degrees Days: 0 (0.0 above average)
Cooling Degree Days: 565 (37 above average) 
Records set or tied: Record low maximum temperature tied on the 17th (77 degrees).
Comments: 26 days saw high temperatures meet or exceed 90 degrees, which is 5.8 above normal, but no days reached 100 degrees. Meteorological summer (June-August) ended with an average temperature of 84.4 degrees, which is 4th hottest on record (1980, 2010, 2011).
Monthly total: 5.95″ (2.58″ above average) 
Days with measurable precipitation: 10 (2.4 days above average) 
Wettest 24-hour period: 1.89″ (10th-11th) 
Snowfall: 0.0″
Records set or tied: None
Comments: None 
Peak wind: West-northwest/40 mph (8th) 
Average wind: 6.1 mph 
Average relative humidity: 69%
Average sky cover: 54%
 Click here for a daily statistical recap for Memphis International Airport.

Cirrus Weather Solutions /, Bartlett, TN

Average temperature: 78.8 degrees 
Average high temperature: 89.7 degrees 
Average low temperature: 70.6 degrees 
Warmest temperature: 96.5 degrees (8th) 
Coolest temperature: 62.4 degrees (13th) 
Comments: None 
Monthly total: 3.69″ (automated rain gauge), 3.67″ (manual CoCoRaHS rain gauge) 
Days with measurable precipitation: 11
Wettest date: 1.03″ (21st) (via automated gauge) 
Snowfall: 0.0″
Comments: None

Peak wind: West/30 mph (8th)
Average relative humidity: 81% 
Average barometric pressure: 30.01 in. Hg

Comments: None

Click here for a daily statistical recap for Bartlett, TN.


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MWN forecast temperatures within 2 degrees of actual: 68% 
MWN average dewpoint error: 1.57 degrees 
MWN forecast dewpoints within 2 degrees of actual: 82% 
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