Isobar reviews October weather 2012.10.10

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

October is only a few days old and already we’ve had two mornings in the low 30 and one in the upper 20s.

“We had a taste of that in September,” said George Isobar, Morenci’s observer for the National Weather Service. “We had our first frost on the morning of Sept. 24 and there were two other mornings in the 30s last month.”

September is one of those wildly varying months between seasons, Isobar said, and last month was no exception.

“We had a high temperature of 90° back on the third of the month to go along with the low of 33 on the 24th,” he said.

Due to a stretch of days with a high temperature staying in the 50s and 60s, the overall average came in below the norm for September at -1.9°.

Other than the one chilly week, it was a pretty nice month weatherwise—plenty of mild temperatures and not a lot of rain.

“The dryness continues, but not as bad as many areas of the country,” Isobar said. “We finally came through with a good amount by the time July ended, but April, May, June and August have all been significantly below average.”

Add September to the list, he said, as rainfall came in at 1.71 inches which is just about half of the average of the last 30 years.

“A third of that came in one storm, a third in another, and the remainder was scattered throughout.”

Isobar recorded two instances of thunder during the past month, and one of those brought a heavy downfall of pea-sized hail.

There wasn’t much excitement beyond the hail, he said, and the strongest wind gust reported at the Toledo National Weather Service Office was only 33 miles an hour.

OCTOBER—“There doesn’t appear to be much of a break coming for cool weather this week,” Isobar said, “but we’re bound to get our ‘Indian summer’ sometime in the next few weeks.”

And the first snow?

“We’ve had measurable snow only three times in the past 35 years,” Isobar said, “so it isn’t likely.”

But don’t forget the unusually warm spring. That could always balance out with an unusually cold spell this fall.

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