October 2010 Was A Bit Warmer Than Normal

A cat takes a walk on the back deck of the McCrobie Building recently to watch the sunset on Lake Ontario.
A cat takes a walk on the back deck of the McCrobie Building recently to watch the sunset on Lake Ontario.

OSWEGO, NY – Precipitation last month was pretty close to average while the temperature was a tad warmer than normal, according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.

The average temperature last month was 52.5 degrees. That is 1.4 degrees above average.

The highest temperature was 72 degrees on the 26th and the lowest was 36 degrees on the 13th.

There were no new records set last month.

“We didn’t have a frost or a hard freeze (at the weather station). On the 13th it probably was colder further inland,” Gregway said. “Some of those places likely did see some scattered frost that morning.”

There were 2 days where the high was in the 70s (on the 26th and 27th) and 2 times the lows fell into the 30s (the 13th and 31st).

The number of cloudy days, 15, was average.

The number of partly cloudy days, 11, was 2 above average.

The number of clear days, 5, was 2 below average.

October had 1 thunderstorm, which is average and no foggy days, which is 1 below average.

Precipitation last month came in at 3.67 inches. That is 0.10-inch below average.

The greatest precipitation in a 24-hour period was 0.73-inch on the 21st.

“We had some spotty large amount of precipitation last month,” Gregway said. “We also had 0.71 on the 15th and a 0.66 as well as a few others.”

Since the first of the year, the total precipitation stands at 40.81 inches at the end of October. That is 6.15 inches above normal.

October saw 44 percent of the possible amount of sunshine. That is 1 percentage below average.

Snowfall only amounted to a trace last month (some snow pellets on the 31st). That is 0.4-inch below average.

There were also some ice pellets on the 21st, Gregway added.

There was a water spout spotted on the lake on the 28th.

The highest barometric pressure was 30.28 on the 4th and the lowest was 29.45 on the 21st.

It was also a windy month, Gregway noted.

The strongest winds were north-northwesterly with gusts over 35 mph on the 15th.

“We also had westerly winds over 30 mph on the 7th and north-westerly winds over 30 mph on the 22nd,” Gregway added. “There was a lot of wind. We had 14 days last month where the winds were greater than 20 mph.”

The warmest October on record is 58.5 degrees in 1947 and the coolest is 43.0 degrees in 1925.

The warmest temperature on record for October is 86 degrees in 1937 while the coldest is 21 degrees in 1972.

The wettest October on record is 1955 with 10.10 inches of precipitation. The driest is 1963 (0.14-inch).

October 1895 holds the record for most snow with 10.3 inches, Gregway said. That is due in large part to the fact one day that year also holds the dubious honor of receiving the most snow in a 24-hour period (8.6 inches), he added.

Several Octobers have had no snow at all.