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What can we expect in October?

October 1, 2013 - 06:26 AM
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September ends well below average in the rainfall department, but seasonal regarding temperatures. What can we expect for October?


It's hard to believe how fast time is flying by in 2013. I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around it being October already! Oh well, I digress. 

September ended fairly seasonal in the temperature department, but the month finished well below the rainfall average.  In fact, much of the area is now abnormally dry according to the Drought Monitor. Check out the stats for September.

As we head into the month of October, what can we look forward to?  Well, the average high and low temperature drops ten degrees by the end of the month. We also continue to lose hours of daylight. Daylight saving time doesn't end until November 3rd, so we won't officially "fall back" and lose an hour until then. As of October 1st, we have 11 hours and 46 minutes of daylight.  By the 31st, we'll have 10 hours and 34 minutes of daylight. We'll continue losing daylight through the winter solstice on December 21st.

And believe it or not, snow makes a return to our climate data. The earliest snowfall in D.C. is October 5th back in 1892. And remember the rare October snow that greeted DC just two years ago? We had snow-covered pumpkins in 2011. 

No snow in the immediate forecast, in fact temperatures to kick-start the month of October will be well above average with highs in the low to mid 80s. Happy October!

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