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It’s official: October was frigid
By Rebecca Fox on Wed, 4 Nov 2009
The Regions: Otago | News: Dunedin | Weather
Chilly weather kept temperatures down to record low levels across Otago last month, with Dunedin experiencing its coldest October since records began about 60 years ago.
Nationally, it was the coldest October in 64 years, with an average temperature of 10.6degC (1.4degC) below the long-term average) and record low temperatures recorded in many areas, including Otago, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) climate summary says.
Temperatures were more than 2degC below average throughout South Island eastern and alpine areas, climate scientist Georgina Griffiths said.
Queenstown recorded its lowest mean minimum temperature for October since records began in 1873, with a mean temperature of 2.8degC, 1.6degC below normal.
Dunedin also recorded its lowest mean minimum for the month since records began in 1947, shivering in 4.1degC (0.8degC below normal).
The city was the coldest of New Zealand‘s six main centres, with a record mean temperature of 9degC (1.5degC below normal).
It was also a dry month, with Dunedin the only main centre to experience below-normal rainfall of 40mm – only 60% of normal. The rest recorded about 170% of normal rainfalls.
In the extreme low mean maximum daily temperatures Dunedin at Musselburgh recorded its lowest at 12.8degC (2degC below normal) and the airport its fourth lowest of 14degC (2degC below). Oamaru recorded its second lowest at 13.4degC (2.6degC below) and Balclutha its lowest since records began 45 years ago with 13degC (2.5degC below).
The lowest October temperature of -5.5degC was recorded at Ranfurly on the 5th but it was not a record for the town.
Records were broken for extreme low daily minimum temperatures at Dunedin airport (-3.3degC on the 7th), the lowest since records began in 1947 and Queenstown (-3.5degC on the 5th), the lowest since 1871.
• Dunedin the coldest of New Zealand’s six main centres.
• Lowest mean maximum daily temperatures recorded at Dunedin 12.8degC, 2degC below normal.
• Queenstown recorded its lowest mean minimum temperature for at least 130 years.
Montana snowpack way above usual
LORNA THACKERAY Of The Gazette Staff | Posted: Monday, November 2, 2009 10:10 pm | No Comments Posted
Billings didn’t take a serious hit from the October storm. But some surrounding areas and the mountains of central and Eastern Montana were buried, forming the foundation of the season’s snowpack.
”Pretty much in Eastern Montana, we’re running above where we usually are this time of year,” said Roy Kaiser from his Bozeman office of the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service. Kaiser is Montana’s snowpack guru.
He keeps track of Snotel measuring sites throughout the state and issues river forecasts based on snowpack.
”This is the best start we’ve had in the last four years,” he said. ”On the Yellowstone, we’re seeing what we would usually see in mid-November.”
Very early snowpack numbers show that snowpack on the upper Yellowstone River basin, which stretches from Yellowstone Park to Custer, is 170 percent of normal.
The lower Yellowstone, from Custer to the confluence of the Missouri, is at 169 percent of average.
The Smith, Judith and Musselshell basins are in the best shape, with 416 percent of the normal snowpack. Western Montana didn’t start the snow season as well. Snowpack is 53 percent of normal on the Bitterroot and 31 percent of normal on the lower Clarks Fork.
Despite above-average precipitation in October – 1.45 inches compared with the normal 1.26 inches – Billings made little headway in a year-to-date moisture deficit of 3.36 inches. Just 10.09 inches of precipitation has fallen this year.
In October, measurable precipitation fell on 11 days. Trace amounts of snow fell on eight days.
October was made colder by winterlike winds, Meier said. Average wind speed for the month was 11.2 mph. The strongest sustained wind was 37 mph on Oct. 27. The highest gust, 44 mph, blasted Billings the same day.
Wind this time of year normally would be associated with warmer temperatures, but October again proved contrary.
”Most of the windy days last month happened on northwest-wind days, when the storm track brought cold weather from Canada,” he said. ”It was more typical of things we might see in December or January.”
Monday, November 2, 2009
Record Monthly Temperatures and Snowfall in October
Midnight Update: October was the second coldest in Denver:
THE MONTH’S AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS ONLY 42.9 DEGREES WHICH MOVED OCTOBER 2009 INTO THE 2ND COLDEST OCTOBER IN DENVER WEATHER HISTORY.
THE COLDEST OCTOBER WAS A VERY FRIGID 39.0 DEGREES WHICH WAS RECORDED IN 1969.
THERE WERE 17 DAYS WHEN THE LOW TEMPERATURES WERE 32 DEGREES OR LOWER WHEREAS
THE NORMAL AMOUNT IS ONLY 9. THREE HIGH TEMPERATURES
DID NOT MAKE IT TO THE FREEZING MARK WHICH IS 3 ABOVE NORMAL.
Several monthly cold temperature and snowfall records were set or approached for October in Wyoming, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas:
CHEYENNE WY SET NEW RECORDS FOR COLD AND SNOW DURING THE MONTH OF
OCTOBER 2009. A TOTAL OF 28.0 INCHES OF SNOWFALL WAS MEASURED
DURING THE MONTH…WHICH SET A NEW RECORD FOR THE MOST SNOWFALL EVER
RECORDED IN CHEYENNE DURING OCTOBER.THE OLD RECORD WAS 23.1 INCHES
WHICH FELL IN 1906.
CHEYENNE ALSO SET A NEW RECORD FOR THE COLDEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
FOR THE MONTH. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR OCTOBER 2009 WAS 37.0
DEGREES WHICH JUST EDGED OUT THE PREVIOUS LOWEST OCTOBER AVERAGE OF
37.1 DEGREES SET IN 1969.
THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE AT THE TULSA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
FOR OCTOBER 2009 WAS 55.9 DEGREES WHICH WAS 6.7 DEGREES BELOW
NORMAL. THIS TIES WITH OCTOBER 1925 FOR THE COLDEST OCTOBER ON
RECORD. THE DAILY HIGH TEMPERATURES WERE THE PRIMARY FACTOR IN THIS
RECORD SETTING EVENT. THE OBSERVED AVERAGE DAILY MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE
OF 64.5 DEGREES WAS 9.5 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL…WHILE THE DAILY
AVERAGE MINIMUM OF 47.2 DEGREES FELL SHORT BY 3.9 DEGREES. THERE
WERE 8 DAYS IN THE MONTH WHERE THE AVERAGE DAILY TEMPERATURE WAS AT
OR ABOVE NORMAL…WITH THE REMAINING 23 DAYS FALLING BELOW NORMAL BY
-5 TO -18 DEGREES. THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE WAS 84 DEGREES OCCURRED
ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH…WITH THE COLDEST READING OF 35
DEGREES OBSERVED ON THE 18TH OF OCTOBER. THERE WERE 284 HEATING
DEGREES DAYS DURING THE MONTH WHICH WAS ABOVE NORMAL BY 132 DEGREES
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER AT THE RAPID CITY
AIRPORT SOUTH DAKOTA WAS 38.7 DEGREES. THE PREVIOUS RECORD FOR
OCTOBER WAS 39.0 DEGREES BACK IN 2002.
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 2009 IN
SCOTTSBLUFF WAS 40.5 DEGREES. THIS SET A NEW RECORD FOR THE LOWEST
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN SCOTTSBLUFF FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER. THE
PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 40.8 DEGREES WHICH OCCURRED IN 1925.
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 2009 IN CHADRON
NEBRASKA WAS 40.0 DEGREES. THIS SET A NEW RECORD FOR THE LOWEST
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED IN CHADRON FOR THE MONTH OF
OCTOBER. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 40.8 DEGREES WHICH OCCURRED IN
OCTOBER WAS A HISTORIC MONTH FOR SNOWFALL IN NORTH PLATTE. DURING THE
MONTH…30.3 INCHES OF SNOW FELL WHICH WAS A WHOPPING 29.2 INCHES
ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 1.1 INCHES. THE 30.3 INCHES WAS ALSO 1.9 INCHES
ABOVE THE SEASONAL NORMAL OF 28.4 AND WE HAVEN’T EVEN REACHED WINTER
YET! SNOWFALL RECEIVED IN OCTOBER 2009 BROKE THE OLD MONTHLY RECORD
OF 15.7 INCHES WHICH FELL IN 1969. CONSIDERING ALL MONTHS…OCTOBER
2009 WILL GO DOWN AS THE SNOWIEST MONTH EVER FOR NORTH PLATTE. THE
30.3 INCHES RECEIVED…BROKE THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 27.8 INCHES
RECORDED IN MARCH 1912. IN ADDITION TO THE TWO MONTHLY RECORDS FOR
SNOW…FOUR DAILY SNOWFALL RECORDS WERE BROKEN AND ONE RECORD WAS
TIED. THESE ARE SUMMARIZED BELOW.
DAILY SNOWFALL RECORDS IN OCTOBER 2009 FOR NORTH PLATTE
DATE AMOUNT PREVIOUS RECORD AND YEAR
9 2.0 0.1/1932
10 11.8 1.3/1987 *
13 TRACE TRACE/1969 &
22 4.2 4.0/1906
30 7.3 4.0/1991
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN GOODLAND KANSAS DURING THIS PAST
OCTOBER WAS 43.7 DEGREES. THIS WAS THE COLDEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
ON RECORD FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 44.3
DEGREES SET IN OCTOBER 1925.
…SECOND COOLEST OCTOBER AT WICHITA’S MID-CONTINENT AIRPORT
OCTOBER 2009 FINISHED OUT THE MONTH BY GOING DOWN IN THE RECORD
BOOKS AS THE SECOND COOLEST OCTOBER ON RECORD. THE AVERAGE MONTHLY
TEMPERATURE WAS 51.2 DEGREES WHICH IS 7.4 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL.
THIS BEATS OUT THE PREVIOUS SECOND PLACE HOLDER FOR OCTOBER FROM
1917 WHICH HAD AN AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE OF 51.9 DEGREES. THE
COOLEST OCTOBER ON RECORD IS 49.0 DEGREES SET IN 1925.
Meanwhile, monthly high temperature records were set in Florida:
AN ALL-TIME HOTTEST OCTOBER RECORD WAS SET IN MIAMI WITH AN AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE OF 82.4 DEGREES FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER. THIS WAS 3.6
DEGREES ABOVE AVERAGE, AND BROKE THE PREVIOUS WARMEST OCTOBER RECORD
OF 82.05 DEGREES SET IN 2002. MIAMI OBSERVED 14 DAYS OF TEMPERATURES
REACHING 90 DEGREES OR HIGHER, WHICH TIED THE RECORD FOR MOST NUMBER
OF 90-PLUS DEGREE DAYS SET BACK IN 1989.
MOORE HAVEN RECORDED A TOTAL OF 18 DAYS OF TEMPERATURES REACHING AT
LEAST 90 DEGREES. THIS BROKE THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 16 DAYS SET IN
1986. LABELLE REGISTERED 22 DAYS OF 90-PLUS DEGREE TEMPERATURES, ONE
DAY SHORT OF THE RECORD SET IN 2002.
The National Climatic Data Center reports that 1,344 daily lowest minimum temperature records were set in October, and 616 daily highest maximum records were set.
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