Climatological Report (Monthly)
Issued by NWS La Crosse, WI

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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
202 AM CDT FRI NOV 1 2013

...NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION AT
LA CROSSE WISCONSIN IN OCTOBER...

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER WAS 50.8 DEGREES
WHICH WAS 0.6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. THE AVERAGE HIGH WAS
60.8 DEGREES...WHILE THE AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 40.7 DEGREES.
THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE DURING THE MONTH WAS 81 DEGREES ON THE
1ST...AND THE LOWEST READING WAS 24 DEGREES WHICH OCCURRED ON THE
22ND.

LA CROSSE RECEIVED 3.84 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION DURING THE MONTH OF
OCTOBER WHICH WAS 1.67 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. THIS MAKES THE MONTH
TIED WITH 1877 AS THE 15TH WETTEST ON RECORD...AND THE WETTEST SINCE
2009 WHEN 5.67 INCHES FELL. THE GREATEST 24-HOUR PRECIPITATION
AMOUNT WAS 2.51 INCHES WHICH FELL FROM THE 4TH TO THE 5TH.

A TRACE OF SNOW WAS RECORDED DURING THE MONTH...ON THE 21ST AND
23RD.

...RECORDS...

ON THE 5TH...1.04 INCHES OF RAIN WAS RECORDED WHICH BROKE THE
PREVIOUS DAILY RECORD OF 0.96 INCHES SET IN 1995.

ON THE 21ST...A TRACE OF SNOWFALL WAS RECORDED WHICH TIED THE TRACE
RECORD SET IN 1995.

...DISCUSSION...

OCTOBER 2013 BEGAN UNSEASONABLY MILD THANKS TO WARM AND MOIST
SOUTHERLY FLOW ACROSS MUCH OF THE CENTRAL PLAINS. A POTENT EARLY
AUTUMN STORM SYSTEM BROUGHT WIDESPREAD SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS
BEGINNING ON THE 3RD...AND LASTED UNTIL THE 5TH. IN THE WAKE OF THIS
SYSTEM...A DRY AND WARM WEATHER PATTERN SET UP ACROSS THE
AREA...PROVIDING A STRETCH OF PLEASANT AUTUMN DAYS. A STRONG COLD
FRONT FINALLY MADE A PUSH THROUGH THE UPPER MIDWEST BY THE MIDDLE OF
THE MONTH...SENDING TEMPERATURES BELOW NORMAL. THE FIRST FREEZE
OCCURRED IN THE 3RD WEEK OF THE MONTH...AND A PERSISTENT AREA OF LOW
PRESSURE KEPT TEMPERATURES 10 TO NEARLY 20 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL FOR
SEVERAL DAYS. THIS PATTERN BROUGHT THE FIRST SNOW FLAKES OF THE
SEASON AS WELL. TOWARD THE THE END OF THE MONTH...TEMPERATURES
MODERATED TO NEAR NORMAL AS ANOTHER STORM SYSTEM BROUGHT SHOWERS AND
ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS TO THE REGION ON THE 30TH AND 31ST.

...................................

...THE LA CROSSE CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 2013...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1873 TO 2013

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
................................................................
TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              93   10/06/1963
 LOW                6   10/25/1887
HIGHEST            81   10/01        MM      MM       77  10/03
LOWEST             24   10/22        MM      MM       24  10/12
AVG. MAXIMUM     60.8              59.9     0.9     58.4
AVG. MINIMUM     40.7              40.4     0.3     37.9
MEAN             50.8              50.2     0.6     48.2
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MIN <= 32      6               5.7     0.3       10
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.0     0.0        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        12.09   1900
 MINIMUM         0.02   1952
TOTALS           3.84              2.17    1.67     3.33
DAILY AVG.       0.12              0.07    0.05     0.11
DAYS >= .01        12               9.3     2.7        7
DAYS >= .10         5               4.8     0.2        5
DAYS >= .50         3               1.2     1.8        3
DAYS >= 1.00        2               0.4     1.6        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    2.51   10/04 TO 10/05

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL            7.0   1917
TOTALS              T               0.2    -0.2      0.0
SINCE 7/1           T               0.2    -0.2      0.0
SNOWDEPTH AVG.      0                MM      MM        0
DAYS >= 1.0         0               0.1    -0.1        0
GREATEST
 SNOW DEPTH         0   MM                             0  MM
 24 HR TOTAL        T   10/21 TO 10/21
                        10/23 TO 10/23

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     434               468     -34
 SINCE 7/1        514               628    -114
COOLING TOTAL       1                 8      -7
 SINCE 1/1        917               782     135
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              7.6
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    32/220    DATE  10/25
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    43/230    DATE  10/25

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.50
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR           11
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             13
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY          7

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     68

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              0     MIXED PRECIP               0
HEAVY RAIN                6     RAIN                       7
LIGHT RAIN               14     FREEZING RAIN              0
LT FREEZING RAIN          0     HAIL                       0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       0
LIGHT SNOW                2     SLEET                      0
FOG                      11     FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE      3
HAZE                      1

-  INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS.
R  INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED.
MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING.
T  INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT.

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