October 2014 Was Warmer, Drier Than Average

October was a mix of clouds and sun. And turned out warmer than average.

October was a mix of clouds and sun. And turned out warmer than average.

OSWEGO, NY – October 2014 was “surprisingly” warmer than average, according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service.

The average temperature last month was 54.7 degrees. That is 3.6 degrees warmer than average.

October was a mix of clouds and sun. And turned out warmer than average.
October was a mix of clouds and sun. And turned out warmer than average.

“It’s a little bit surprising. I though we’d come in a bit more on the cold side,” Gregway said. “I thought it was chilly. I thought we’d colder over all for the month.”

The highest temperature was 82 degrees on the 14th. The lowest was 36 degrees on the 12th.

October had 1 day in the 80s (the 14th) and 5 in the 70s, Gregway said.

The overnight low was in the 30s 4 times.

There were no records set.

“We didn’t have any frost at the station or in the city,” Gregway said. “There was probably some light, scattered frost (on the 12th) south of the city, away from the lake. We have yet to have a killing frost.”

October 2014 tied for 4th warmest going back to 1969.

Precipitation for the month came in at 3.15 inches. That is just 0.62-inch below average.

The greatest precipitation in a 24-hour period was 0.68-inch on the 4th.

“We also had 0.64-inch over the 15th and the 16th.  We didn’t really get a lot of rain. But we got some in globs last month,” Gregway observed.

Since the first of the year, total precipitation at the end of October is 31.42. That is 3.24 inches below where it should be.

October had 1 thunderstorm day, which is average. And, it had 1 foggy day, which is average.

“We had no snowfall last month. Usually we receive 0.4-inch,” Gregway said. “So, we are already running a deficit for the winter.”

Measurable precipitation fell on 17 days, including a stretch of 7 days in a row.

Just a trace was recorded on 7 days with a pair of 2 days in a row.

No precipitation fell on 7 days, with 2 of them being consecutive.

“So we kind of got ‘a lot’ of rainy days. But, it didn’t actually amount to much,” Gregway said.

The area received 35 percent of the possible amount of sunshine. That is 10 percentages below average.

The number of cloudy days, 21, was 6 above average.

The number of partly cloudy days, 8, was 1 below average.

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

The highest barometric pressure was 30.30 on the 12th and the lowest was 29.49 on the 17th.

“We had quite a bit of wind in October,” Gregway said. “There were 9 times when wind speeds were greater than 20 mph.”

The strongest winds were westerly, greater than 35 mph, on the 8th. And, on the 14th, they were southerly and greater than 35 mph.

October 2013 was 2.2 degrees warmer than average. The highest temperature was 74 degrees and the lowest was 27 degrees on the 27th – with a hard frost, Gregway said.

“It was wetter than average too,” he said. “We had more than 6 inches of rain.”

The sunshine was about the same.

And, there was about an inch of snow.

The warmest October on record is 58.5 degrees in 1947. The coldest is 43.0 degrees in 1925.

October’s highest temperature is 86 degrees set in 1937. The lowest is 21 degrees set in 1972.

The wettest October is 1955 (10.10 inches) and the driest is 1963 (0.14-inch).

1895 holds the dubious honor of being the snowiest – 10.3 inches. It also holds the record for most snowfall in a 24-hour period with 8.6 inches.