Not only was August free of coastal storms, it had no heavy 4-to-6-inch rainfall like has been seen in Augusts of past years, according to Richard G. Hendrickson, the United States Cooperative weather observer in Bridgehampton.
Rain fell on four days last month, with the heaviest — .66 inch — coming on Aug. 19. The total for the month was 1.48 inches, well off the long-term average of 3.4 inches. In August 1952, the wettest August ever recorded in Bridgehampton, rainfall was a whopping 13.19 inches.
When he started East Hampton Vacuums 25 years ago on North Main Street, Martin O’Brien and his then-business partner, George Harvey, saw a niche that needed to be filled. “I always say, dirt is universal,” Mr. O’Brien said last week, and the desire to mop it, sweep it, or suck it up is pretty much universal, too.