Thursday, November 4, 2010

October 2010 Revisited

Compared to historical averages, October in Hood River was warmer, wetter, and calmer. Exactly the same as September, only different.

At my weather station, the average temperature of 52.7° was warmer than long term averages (1897 to present) of 51.2°, and warmer than the shorter term (2001-2009)
average of 52.1°. We made it through the month without a hard frost here at Hood River city elevation. Higher elevations weren't so lucky, and froze out around the 17th.

The high heat index for the month was 74°, and the low wind chill was 32°. Barometric pressure peaked at 30.44, with a low of 29.37.

October's rain total was above average at 2.97"; most of it falling in the last third of the month. At my station, the high daily rainfall was 1.08" on the 24th.

The 24 hour avg wind speed was 1.5 mph, lower than the average October wind speed of 2.0 mph.

There were no local weather records set in October.

The tabular data below is from my home weather station.
To view its October 2010 monthly summary and graphs at Weather Underground, click here.

The "historical average" numbers for temperature and rainfall are from the Hood River MCAREC data. Historical wind average is from my station's 2000 to 2009 data. Note that average wind speeds include all 24 hours of the day and night, which is why they are way lower than daytime peak winds. In addition, the wind speeds at my station are considerably lower than on the Columbia River.

HighLowAverageHistorical Average
Temperature (F) 76
Wind (mph)26

Rainfall (in)1.08

2.97 (total)