A look back at October 2012

Wow, it's hard to believe it's already November! I mean really...wasn't it just like 90 degrees out? Hmm...oh well. Let's take a look back at the month of October. It was the third month in a row that was cooler than normal as a whole. Of the three, October was also the coldest. It was a full 2.2° cooler than average in Eau Claire and 2.0° cooler than average in La Crosse.

Below is the temperature plot for the month for Eau Claire and La Crosse. A big chunk of the first half of the month was well below normal and then once again at the very end of the month. There were some warm spurts, but we'll definitely remember this month being on the cooler side.



It was cooler than normal across the Midwest. For some cities it was the first time in 2012. The Twin Cities had their first below average month since May 2011. That's 17 months!! Same case for St. Cloud, MN too.

Precipitation was a bit more variable across Western Wisconsin. We all saw some decent rains during the month of October. There were two events in particular that dropped the most significant rainfall for the area. Eau Claire picked up 1.54” for the entire month.

Unfortunately, it was still below normal by .80”. The Coulee Region saw much higher rainfall totals from the systems that moved through the area. La Crosse received 3.33” of rain, which lead to a surplus of 1.16”. It was the first above average precipitation month in La Crosse since May of this year.

The ample rains in the Coulee Region did help in the drought status. Below is the drought status from October 2nd then just below is the drought status for October 30th. You can see there has been improvement across the Coulee Region and much of eastern Wisconsin. However, we've seen some expanding of the severe drought in the Chippewa Valley.



The big story from this month of course was a national story. The Superstorm Sandy was probably one of the most significant meteorological events we've seen in a long time. I wish all the best to our friends out east, and I'm hoping for a speedy recovery after Sandy.

Meanwhile, November has started cooler than normal and will continue that way into the first full week. We have a few weak systems to move through Western Wisconsin, but they don't look to bring much rainfall with them. They could bring some light snow with them though. Yeah, it's getting to be that time of year. Not looking at anything much when it comes to any accumulation though. The only interesting thing in the extended forecast is for not this weekend...but next weekend. The forecast models are toying with the possibility of a big storm system to come up into the Upper Midwest from the lee side of the Rockies. It could bring some significant rains and maybe some snow to some areas. Something to watch over the next week that's for sure. Have a great November!

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