October wrapped up wetter and cooler than normal.
Clinton area official weather observer Jim Blaess says the overall temperature was about 50.9 degrees. He says that is two degrees below the historical average.
The highest temperature Blaess recorded during the month was 84 degrees on October 3rd. The lowest was 23 on the 21st.
Blaess says the first frost occurred on the 12th when it reached 32 degrees. He says the first ‘hard freeze’ was on the 18th with a temperature of 28.
During the month, Blaess says there was 5.92 inches of precipitation. The weather observer says that’s 3.48 inches above the normal of 2.44.
Blaess says that will put October 2018 as the 6th wettest October in records to 1878. The number one on the list is October 1990 with 7.74 inches of precipitation.
For the first ten months of the year, Blaess says there has been 41.70 inches of precipitation. That is 11.39 inches above the normal of 30.31 inches for the first ten months.
The total is already more than the overall year to date total of 34.25 inches.
Blaess also pointed out that the two months between August 15th and Octobr 15th there was 20.24 inches of precipitation of about half of the total for the year.
Blaess says in November the precipitation total averages 2.12 including 1.6 inches of snow.
The average high temperature on November 1st is 57 and the low is 38 and those drop to averages of 40 and 24 by the end of the month.