October - Wickedly Wet & Dreadfully Dry
There were both extremely dry and extremely wet areas during October.
October played tricks on many cities with regards to precipitation. Some areas, like Harrisburg, PA, were waterlogged. With a whopping 338 percent of normal, the site saw its wettest October on record. Other areas, like Bridgeport, CT, were bone-dry. Receiving a scant 9 percent of normal, the site had their driest October on record. Overall, 25 of the 35 first-order climate sites were drier than normal, with 12 of the dry sites ranking this October among their top 20 driest and 6 of the wet sites ranking this October among their top 20 wettest. While abnormal dryness was present at the start of the month, areas of moderate drought were introduced by the end of the month. Check out the U.S. Drought Monitor for more details.
The entire region was warmer than normal during October.
October treated most areas equally when it came to temperature. All 35 first-order climate sites were warmer than normal, with 16 sites ranking this October among their top 20 warmest. Departures ranged from +0.8 degrees in Concord, NH, to +4.2 degrees in Scranton, PA.