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Daryl Ritchison, Published October 01 2012

Weather Talk: Average high drops from 64 to 48 degrees by month’s end

The average temperature in August is about 70 degrees. In September, that falls to near 60 degrees. October’s average temperature plunges into the middle 40s.

Although most years, like last month, September brings the first frost of the season and a taste of the upcoming cold season, it is in October that it becomes obvious that winter is coming. The average high this month drops from 64 degrees on Oct. 1 to just 48 degrees on Halloween, and the average low drops from 48 degrees to 29 degrees.

October is also often when we record our first snowflakes of the year. Although the average first measurable snow does not occur until Oct. 31, trace amounts are often observed earlier in the month. The average snowfall in October is a mere 0.7 inch, while the average rainfall is 2.15 inches.


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