It’s the spookiest day of the year and NOAA’s National Center for Environmental Information has released some spooktacular climate facts about temperature and precipitation in the month of October. October is a month where some states start seeing snow and cold while others hold onto the last days of summer warmth. Overall in October, the average temperature in the lower forty-eight was 54° F. The warmest October recorded was back in 1963 with an average temperature of 54.9° F, while the coldest October occurred back in 1925 with an average temperature of 48.9° F. Since the recording of temperature values began back in 1895, October temperatures have warmed at a rate of 0.8° F per century.
Say it isn’t snow but October usually heralds in the first snowfall of the season for regions of the United States like the Rockies, the Northern Plains, and the Central Plains into the Upper Midwest regions. The average October snowfall is approximately 2 inches. The Eastern coast of the US is no stranger to snow but it’s usually the higher elevations that see snow in October. Back in 1952, the driest October was recorded with just 0.54 inches of precipitation that had fallen. The wettest October on record occurred in 2009. 4.29 inches of precipitation was recorded. Since the record began back in 1895, October precipitation has increased at a rate of 0.4inches per century. In the table below, check out some climate normals for some spooky named places across the United States. For more interesting climate stories and facts be sure to click here!
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