From the ABC 7 Weather team

October weather ushers in lots of fall fun

September 29, 2012 - 12:00 AM
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It's hard to believe, but October is right around the corner!  Wondering what to expect for the month? We've got a look at the weather, fall foliage and fun events around town!

I can't get over how fast 2012 is flying by!  October is nearly here, we're losing hours of daylight, the temperatures are starting to drop, and I've even seen some of the leaves changing on the trees.  Autumn is my favorite time of year!

So what can we expect for the month of October in D.C.?  Well, we still don't have a crystal ball to say exactly what will happen, but based on current observations and past trends, here's what the Climate Prediction Center is expecting.

Climate Prediction Center
Climate Prediction Center

Overall, temperatures may be a bit above average with near average rainfall.  That's certainly a good thing since it still remains rather dry across the region.  The wettest October on record was actually just back in 2005 with 9.41" of rain!   I know we need the rain, but that's too much for one month.  Temperatures to start the month of October average a high of 74° and a low of 56°.  By the end of the month, the average high is only 64° and 46° is the average low. 

Even though the averages don't get close to freezing, it's not unheard of to have snow in October.  Maybe you've already forgotten, but remember last year?  Yep!  First snow fell on October 29, 2011 with a record 0.6" for the day.  The most snow to ever fall in October was way back in 1925 with a whopping 2.2 inches!  The earliest snow recorded in weather records was on October 3, 1892.  My thoughts on snow this October?  Not likely, but that's not to say it can't happen.  It's a little odd seeing snow on trees that have red and yellow leaves still on them.  Weird to see snow on pumpkins, too!


Ok, now I feel like I'm getting a head of myself!  Let's get back the "real" fall.  How about fall foliage?  Here's when you can expect to see the leaves changing.

Fall Foliage Timing

Get ready for some fun outdoor events this October, too.  If you're a runner, maybe you're already signed up or know someone participating in the Army 10 miler (October 21) or the Marine Corp Marathon on October 28 (I hear our very own Alex Liggitt is a participant!).  If you're more of a foody, like myself, the "Taste of Bethesda" is on October 6 and the "Taste of D.C." runs from Oct.6 to Oct. 8.  There are so many other fun festivities to partake in across our area, so get out and enjoy all that the season has to offer!

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