Ithaca Climate Summary for October 2003
- With an average temperature of 46.7 degrees, the month averaged 1.7 degrees cooler than normal.
- The last October that was colder was 1992.
- The warmest temperature of the month was 79 degrees on the 9th.
- The coldest temperature of the month was 28 degrees on the 20th.
- The temperature of 74 degrees on the 31st broke the high temperature record for the day of 71
degrees set in 1950. (Note: since this occurred after 8 am, it was recorded on November 1st.)
- The October precipitation total was 4.23 inches, which represented 131% of normal.
- Of this total, 2.35 inches was recorded on just four days (27th through 30th).
- This was the wettest October since 1995.
- This was the fifth consecutive month with a precipitation excess as compared to normal.
- The total precipitation for the last five months (June-October) was 24.94 inches. It was the wettest such period since 1977 and the 4th wettest in 125 years of record.
- The year-to-date precipitation accumulation of 37.70 inches was 6.58 inches more than normal.
- Trace amounts of snowfall were reported on three days this month, but there was no measurable snow at the weather station.
- In some of the surrounding communities, Groton had 2.3 inches of snow and Freeville had 1.2 inches.
- This was tenth consecutive October without measurable snowfall.
Keith L. Eggleston (KLE1@cornell.edu)
Northeast Regional Climate Center