October 2013 was a very pleasant Fall month with warmer than normal temperatures and with drier than normal conditions. The month began with 20 days in the 60’s and 70’s but ended with signs of the coming Winter, with snow and temperatures in the teens.
The average high temperature was 59.2 degrees and the average low temperature was 37.3 degrees, giving us an average of 48.3 degrees, 2.2 degrees above normal. The highest temperature, 74 degrees, was recorded on the 2nd and the lowest temperature, 16 degrees, was recorded on the 29th. After a September frost, there were no frosts in October until the 9th. A killing frost didn’t come until October 23 when the temperature dropped to 28 degrees. There were 507.5 degree days, bringing the seasonal total to 818.5.
Precipitation for the month was 2.30 inches,1.76 inches below normal. Most of the precipitation was in the form of rain with only a trace of snow. Our seasonal total is now 29.27 inches, 5.92 inches below the average of 35.19 inches. Precipitation fell on 12 days with the greatest amount, 0.85 inches falling on the 7th. There was a trace of snow here in Riparius on the 24th and 31st, although there were greater amounts at higher elevations in the area.
The river reached its highest level, 3.32 feet, on the 20th and its lowest level, 2.47 feet, on the 4th and 6th.