The 8.4 inches of rain that Ironwood received in August didn’t set a monthly rainfall record, but it came close.
A whopping 6.53 inches fell in the last week of the month, the result of numerous thunderstorm cloudbursts, after a relatively dry first three-plus weeks of August.
The 8.4 inches compares to the record 8.86 inches recorded in 1941, according to the National Weather Service office in Marquette. Records are kept for about the past 110 years.
Duluth received only 2 inches this year in August.
September in Ironwood began as soggy as August, as another .62 inch fell for the first two 24-hour periods of the month, although sunshine returned to the Gogebic Range on Monday.
The forecast is much more favorable for dry conditions, with no chance of rain until next Monday, when there’s a 50 percent chance of a thunderstorm.
For 2013, Ironwood has already received a whopping 41.1 inches of precipitation, compared to 21.76 inches through August of 2012.
Monthly precipitation totals this year have included:
—January: 1.84 inches.