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CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
910 PM EDT FRI NOV 3 2017

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...THE AUGUSTA CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 2017...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1948 TO 2017

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH              85   10/01/1954
 LOW               21   10/19/1974
                        10/28/1957
HIGHEST            77   10/04        75       2       76  10/07
LOWEST             33   10/17        28       5       30  10/31
AVG. MAXIMUM     66.0              57.2     8.8     58.8
AVG. MINIMUM     46.3              39.6     6.7     41.4
MEAN             56.2              48.4     7.8     50.1
DAYS MAX >= 90      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MAX <= 32      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MIN <= 32      0               5.3    -5.3        2
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.0     0.0        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM        13.47   2005
 MINIMUM         1.11   1997
TOTALS           7.29              4.36    2.93     5.00
DAILY AVG.       0.24              0.14    0.10     0.16
DAYS >= .01         9              11.4    -2.4       11
DAYS >= .10         7               6.7     0.3        7
DAYS >= .50         3               2.6     0.4        3
DAYS >= 1.00        3               1.3     1.7        2
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    2.52   10/25 TO 10/26

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL     274               515    -241      454
 SINCE 7/1        390               735    -345      583
COOLING TOTAL       7                 1       6        0
 SINCE 1/1        446               388      58      530
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              6.6
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    40/120    DATE  10/30
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    60/110    DATE  10/30

SKY COVER
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.40

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     72

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
THUNDERSTORM              1     HEAVY RAIN                 4
RAIN                      6     LIGHT RAIN                 8
FREEZING RAIN             0     LT FREEZING RAIN           0
HEAVY SNOW                0     SNOW                       0
LIGHT SNOW                0     FOG                       16
FOG W/VIS <= 1/4 MILE     7     HAZE                       0

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

&&

OCTOBER BEGAN WITH A FEW DAYS OF TYPICALLY COOL EARLY FALL-LIKE
WEATHER. BUT SOON A WEATHER PATTERN BEGAN TO EMERGE WHICH FAVORED
PERSISTENT WARM WEATHER. A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE OVER THE WESTERN
ATLANTIC AND A PERSISTENT TROUGH IN THE CENTER OF THE UNITED STATES
LED TO A FREQUENT SOUTH TO SOUTHWESTERLY FLOW ACROSS NEW ENGLAND,
TRANSPORTING WARM AND OFTEN HUMID AIR INTO THE AREA. THIS PATTERN
REMAINED REMARKABLY CONSISTENT THROUGH THE MONTH, THOUGH THERE WERE
A FEW COLD FRONTS WHICH MANAGED TO SNEAK IN AND BRING BRIEFLY COOLER
WEATHER. THE COOLEST TEMPERATURE OBSERVED THIS MONTH WAS 33 DEGREES
ON THE 17TH DURING ONE OF THOSE BRIEFLY COOLER AIR MASSES BEHIND A
COLD FRONT. THE REST OF THE MONTH WAS RELATIVELY WARM WITH AUGUSTA
MAKING IT TO THE END OF OCTOBER WITHOUT HITTING THE FREEZING MARK
FOR ONLY THE SECOND TIME ON RECORD. IN ADDITION TO BEING WARM, MUCH
OF THE MONTH WAS DRY, FITTING IN WITH A SUMMER AND FALL TREND OF
DRIER THAN NORMAL CONDITIONS. HOWEVER, THE LAST WEEK OF OCTOBER SAW
TWO STRONG STORM SYSTEMS BRING HEAVY RAINFALL. THE FIRST DROPPED
MORE THAN 5 INCHES OF RAIN ON THE 24TH THRU 26TH. THE SECOND STORM
BROUGHT MORE WIND THAN RAIN. ALTHOUGH ANOTHER 1.61 INCHES FELL ON
THE 29TH AND 30TH, THE WIND GUST TO 60 MPH WAS THE BIGGER STORY.
THESE STRONG WINDS BROUGHT WIND DAMAGE TO THE AREA AND EXTENDED
POWER OUTAGES FOR SOME RESIDENTS JUST IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 56.2 DEGREES WHICH WAS 7.8
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL AND THE WARMEST OCTOBER ON RECORD. THE PREVIOUS
RECORD FOR WARMEST OCTOBER WAS SET IN 1971 WHEN THE AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE WAS 54.8 DEGREES. THE COOLEST WAS IN 1974 AT ONLY 41.9
DEGREES. THE FOLLOWING TABLE LISTS THE WARMEST OCTOBERS ON RECORD AT
AUGUSTA.

WARMEST AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR OCTOBER (SINCE 1948)...
RANK  TEMP  YEAR
1     56.2  2017 <===
2     54.8  1971
3     53.5  1963
4     53.4  2007
5     52.3  1995

SINCE RECORDS BEGAN IN 1948 THERE HAVE ONLY BEEN 10 DAYS IN OCTOBER
WHEN THE TEMPERATURE DID NOT FALL BELOW 60 DEGREES. THREE OF THOSE
DAYS OCCURRED IN 2017, THE MOST ON RECORD. THE FOLLOWING TABLE LISTS
THE ONLY DAYS IN OCTOBER THAT AUGUSTA DID NOT FALL BELOW 60 DEGREES.

MINIMUM TEMPERATURE 60 OR HIGHER IN OCTOBER (SINCE 1948)...
RANK  TEMP  DATE
1      63   OCT 9, 2011
2      62   OCT 16, 2014
       62   OCT 22, 1979
4      61   OCT 8, 2017 <===
       61   OCT 7, 2005
6      60   OCT 25, 2017 <===
       60   OCT 10, 2017 <===
       60   OCT 15, 2014
       60   OCT 2, 2002
       60   OCT 13, 1990

A TOTAL OF 7.29 INCHES OF RAIN FELL WHICH WAS 2.93 INCHES ABOVE
NORMAL. MOST OF THIS RAIN FELL IN THE FINAL WEEK OF THE MONTH WHEN
TWO STORM SYSTEMS BROUGHT MORE THAN 6.5 INCHES OF RAINFALL. THE
WETTEST OCTOBER ON RECORD WAS IN 2005 WHEN 13.47 INCHES OF
PRECIPITATION WAS MEASURED. THE DRIEST WAS IN 1997 WHEN ONLY 1.11
INCHES WAS RECORDED.


THE FOLLOWING DAILY RECORDS WERE SET OR TIED IN OCTOBER 2017...
DATE  RECORD                                PREVIOUS
8     61 - WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE          55 IN 1969
10    60 - WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE          58 IN 1992 AND 1967
24    55 - WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE          55 IN 2001 AND 1959 /TIED/
25    60 - WARMEST LOW TEMPERATURE          50 IN 1991 AND 1959
25    2.28 - GREATEST PRECIPITATION         2.02 IN 1951
26    2.50 - GREATEST PRECIPITATION         1.99 IN 2008

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KIMBLE


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