As summers go, Macon’s latest will not be known for extreme weather.
It was only slightly cooler than normal.
The season started off wet but dried to the point that Bibb County showed up abnormally dry on the Drought Monitor for Aug. 26.
More than 58 percent of Georgia is showing some level of dryness -- 8 percent of the state shows severe drought and over 12 percent is in moderate drought.
June’s 5.65 inches of rain at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport was a surplus of 1.59, but August could only squeeze out 1.05, which is more than 3 inches below normal.
The air was so dry at times, the dewpoint in Macon dropped to 49 degrees Thursday, very rare for August.
Extreme southwest Georgia is the driest part of the state, with most of the northern third of the state in normal condition.
The abnormally dry patch of Middle Georgia stretches from Henry County southward, touching the southwest edge of Monroe County, all of Bibb and Twiggs counties, and half of Wilkinson County and points farther southward.
“We could use maybe a quick tropical system, especially in the southwest,” said Bill Murphey, state climatologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
The long-range forecast shows there is an equal chance Middle Georgia will see above normal rainfall as there is below normal or typical rain for the fall season.
“We may see more deterioration because stream flows are getting low,” Murphey said. “The hydrology is starting to show the dryness.”
When it comes to records, 2014 is expected to rank the fourth lowest mean minimum temperature, Murphey said.
June’s average high was 90.2 degrees, compared to 89.5 in July and 92.3 in August.
A record low was set July 30 when it dropped to 59 degrees.
The day before, 63 degrees tied the record for July 29.
A high of 78 degrees on Aug. 2 marked the lowest high temperature ever recorded on that date.
Macon made it through the season without a triple-digit temperature, although it felt like it a few times on the muggiest of days.
The hottest day of summer was Aug. 22 when it hit 99 degrees for the first and only time this year.
In this first week of September, which is considered the beginning of meteorological fall, higher humidity will mean triple digit heat indexes and a more summertime pattern of scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms.
“We’ve got to make up for those low temperatures you’ve had,” Murphey joked.