October was a mild and extremely wet month with record rainfall. The month started and finish with great sunshine. The temperature averaged 54.3 degrees, 2.0 degrees per day above normal. Maximum temperature was 78.0 degrees on the 7 th; a minimum temperature of 33.0 degrees was recorded on the 29 th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 61.6 degrees, 0.3 degrees above the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 47.0 degrees, 3.7 degrees above the norm. We started the month with 2 days of sunshine a high of 75 degrees temperatures, followed by 5 days of heavy fog, than an 8-day stretch of zero sunshine, clouds, and rain; we continue with 6 more days with mostly sunny skies, then back to 8 more days of cloudy, rain, and snow only to finish the month with two days of sunshine and a high of 65 degrees. We have not had a killing frost this season, although many plants were damaged by the early snowfall.
Sunshine totaled 39% of the possible sunshine hours, 16 points below the norm. We had 9 mostly clear days and 5 days with morning fog in East Wareham.
Precipitation totaled 12.07 inches, 8.18 inches above the 30 year average. This is 10 inches more than 2004 and set a new record rainfall of October surpassing 9.34 inches in 1996 and becoming the fourth highest rainfall total for any given month. In 1996 we had record rainfall in September and October, totaling 24.11 inches, in 2005 we have a two month total of 18.78 inches. Measurable rain was recorded on 16 days and of those 16 days, only 4 days had measurements under 0.10 inches. The largest 24-hour rainfall was 2.48 inches on the 15 th. Year-to-date rainfall for 2005 is 52.36 inches, 14.28 inches above average for East Wareham and about 20 inches greater than 2004. On October 30 th, we measured 0.75 inches of snow, not enough to bet the record on October 30, 1963 of 1.0 inches.