Weather as Recorded at the UMass Cranberry Station:
Prepared by Peter Jeranyama
October had the warmest average temperature recorded since 1926 and a bit sunnier than average. Rainfall was above average like most of the months with the exception of February and March. The temperature averaged 59.71 degrees, 7 degrees per day above average, the warmest recorded October. Maximum temperature of 78.0 degrees was recorded on the 5th, 6th and 22nd; a minimum temperature of 39.0 degrees was recorded on the 17th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 69.2 degrees, 7.4 degrees above the norm. Evening low temperatures averaged 50.2 degrees, 6.5 degrees above the norm. This is the 8th year in a row of warmer than average daytime highs in October, and highest nighttime low average recorded in the past 30 years.
Sunshine totaled 58% of the possible sunshine hours, 3 points above the norm and similar to 2016 and 2015. The Blue Hills observatory had 11 days that were mostly clear (at least 90% of possible) and 4 days with no sunshine. There was only one day with fog in East Wareham this month. Year-to-date sunshine is running above the norm (with 36 hours above).
Precipitation totaled 5.54 inches, 1.4 inches above the 30-year average. The largest rainfall came on the 26th, 2.27 inches. Measurable rain was recorded on 9 days, 6 days of which had rainfall of 0.10 inches or greater. Year-to-date rainfall for 2017 is 49.31 inches; 8.48 inches above average for East Wareham.