October extra soggy with unusual snowfall

Later days in month gave impression it was drier than usual

Posted: Thursday, November 02, 2000

October in Juneau lived up to its reputation for rain.

"October was 2 inches wetter than normal and close to normal for temperatures," said Richard Blizzard, hydro meteorological technician with the National Weather Service.

However, the autumn downpours were shoehorned into just a few days early in October, leaving an impression of dry weather later in the month. A number of days began with fog, but the overcast lifted by noon, yielding sunny afternoons.

Total rainfall for the month was 10.11 inches. More than half of this total, 5.43 inches, fell from the 5th to the 10th. Four of those days had an inch of rain or more. Only three days in the month the 1st, 27th and 29th had no measurable precipitation.

One unusual occurrence was an early season snowfall. On Oct. 2 and early on Oct. 3, 2.3 inches of snow fell. Two inches fell on the second, the earliest recorded occurrence of an inch or more of snow in Juneau.

The average temperature was 41.9 degrees, just 0.3 degrees below normal. There were two record lows. On Oct. 1, the low was 25 degrees, breaking the previous record of 27 set in 1996. On Oct. 2, the low was 24, breaking the previous record of 25 set in 1957.

All rainfall is recorded at the Juneau Airport, the official observation point, Blizzard said.

The peak wind for October was clocked at the roof of the Federal Building downtown 57 miles per hour Oct. 7.

Normal precipitation for November is 4.91 inches. The record was 11.22 inches, set in 1956. Normal snowfall for November is 13 inches, with a record of 69.8 inches set in 1994.



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