October was a 50/50 month with a sunny dry first half and a cloudy and damp second half. We had below average rainfall and slightly below average temperatures for the month. The temperature averaged 52.3 degrees, 0.6 degrees per day below normal. Maximum temperature was 72.0 degrees on the 1st, a minimum temperature of 30.0 degrees was recorded on the 28th and 29th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 60.1 degrees, 3.1 degrees below the norm. Evening temperatures averaged 44.6 degrees, 2.0 degrees above the norm. The first hard frost came on the 28th and 29th, with low temperatures of 30 degrees. We finished the month with a high of 71 degrees on the 31st. Again, October temperatures have been following the same weather pattern since March with evening temperatures averaging well above normal.
Sunshine totaled 47 % of the possible sunshine hours, 8 points below the norm. We had 11 mostly clear days and 4 days with morning fog in East Wareham
Precipitation totaled 2.01 inches, 1.43 inches below normal. The first two weeks of the month was very dry, with only a 0.16 of rain. Measurable rain was recorded on 14 days and of those 14 days, only 5 days had measurements over 0.10 inches. The largest 24-hour rainfall was 1.25 inches on the 16th. Year-to-date rainfall for 2004 is 32.99 inches, 5.09 inches below average for East Wareham.