October 2019 was far from ordinary in the U.S….
With record-smashing warmth, cold, rain, snow and lack of rain in a number of cities.
October records were shattered in a number of locations in the U.S.. Several Florida cities had their hottest October. Conversely, a number of western cities had their coldest October. And parts of the Southeast had a record-wet October.
Yes, you can say it, the month had a little of everything, including a record early-October heat wave; a Northern Plains blizzard dumping feet of snow; a Northeast bomb cyclone setting low-pressure records; a pair of tropical storms (Nestor and Olga) soaking the South; a severe weather event on Halloween; Arctic cold in the West and Plains; and prolonged dry winds spreading California wildfires.
Record Hot October In Florida
Several cities in the Florida Peninsula sweated through the hottest October on record, including Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Sarasota, Fort Myers, Vero Beach, West Palm Beach and Miami.
University of Miami research scientist Brian McNoldy noted October was warmer than an average September in Miami, where temperatures failed to drop below 75 degrees the entire month.
Regardless of what the high ends up being today (anywhere 87-93°), #Miami's monthly average temperature will be 83.5°F in October. This shatters previous record of 82.4° by an incredible 1.1°. It's also 0.6°F *warmer than an average September*! #NeverendingSummer #climate #FLwx pic.twitter.com/IrEJn0lpuG— Brian McNoldy (@BMcNoldy) October 31, 2019
A number of other Southeast cities had a top three hottest October, including Wilmington, North Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, and Tallahassee, Florida.
It wasn’t all about the Southeast, though. America’s northernmost town, Utqiagvik (formerly known as Barrow), Alaska, had its second-warmest October.
Record Cold October 2019
More than 10 larger cities in the West shivered through the coldest October in their history.
Among these included Rapid City, South Dakota; Spokane, Washington; Pocatello, Idaho; and Grand Junction, Colorado.
Spokane, Washington, smashed its previous record cold October from 1905.
More than 20 other cities had one of their top three coldest Octobers.
Only October 1919 was colder in Salt Lake City. At that time, Utah had only been a state for 23 years and Woodrow Wilson was in his second term as U.S. President.
Portland, Oregon, had its third-coldest October, and the chilliest since 1949.
Record Wet/Dry October 2019
A number of locations in the Tennessee and lower Mississippi valleys had the wettest October on record, including Memphis, Tennessee, and Jackson, Mississippi.
Boosted by over 3 inches of rain on Halloween, Burlington, Vermont (8.5 inches), crushed its previous record-wet October (6.75 inches in 1918) by almost 2 inches. This was more than double its average October precipitation of 3.6 inches.
Des Moines, Iowa, also set a record with 7.41 inches of October precipitation, including 2.2 inches of snow over the month’s final four days.
Even the “Nation’s Icebox” soaked through the wettest October on record. International Falls, Minnesota, picked up 4.9 inches of precipitation, nudging over the previous record from 1971.
Numerous cities in the Southwest failed to pick up any measurable precipitation in October, including Phoenix, Las Vegas, Reno, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Sacramento.
This isn’t as unusual as it sounds. A dry October has happened 26 other times each in L.A. and Phoenix in records dating to the late 19th century.
There is clearly something going out-of-control. It really makes me think of modified and weaponized weather going extremely wrong… Do you know what is going on?