(WBIR, Norris Lake) - Monday marks the unofficial end of summer, and it looked like this Labor day might have something in common with the rest of our summer - a chance of rain.
There were a few boats out on Norris Lake Monday morning.
The manager at Stardust Marina said the holiday weekend has been very busy so far, and he hopes that continues.
He said overall the summer season has been hit or miss with several rainy weekends.
"We've had a lot of rain this summer, and unfortunately it has affected not only the marina here but the marinas around the lake system. So, it's cost us a lot of money this summer," said manager Larry Collier.
August in Knoxville had closer to normal levels of precipitation compared to the first two months of summer.
However, those first two months brought so much rain that we still ended up with nearly 8 inches of rain more than normal for June through August, the period meteorologists measure as the summer season.
For those three months, 19.95 inches of rain fell at McGhee Tyson airport. The average is 12.16.
The rainiest month of summer 2013 was June, with 9.38 inches of precipitation reported for Knoxville. That's compared to an average of 3.81 inches for June.
July saw 7.37 inches of rain, more than two inches above the average of 5.08.
As hard as it might be to believe, August in Knoxville brought 0.07 inches less precipitation than average. The airport normally receives 3.27 inches, but we saw 3.20 inches.
No one in East Tennessee will be surprised to learn that much of our summer was also cooler than average.
Only 10 days in June-August saw temperatures above 90 degrees. In an average year, Knoxville will see more than 30 days with 90+ degree temperatures.
While the mean temperature for June of 75.4 degrees was 0.4 degrees warmer than average, July's mean temperature of 76.1 was 2.3 degrees below average and August's mean temperature of 76.4 was 1.4 degrees below average.
At Stardust Marina, Larry Collier said even after Labor Day you can still get out and enjoy the lake.
He said the marina will be open on a limited schedule after this weekend.
He added that September and October can be one of the prettiest times on the lake because of the fall colors.