October was on the cold and dry side. Temperatures averaged 51.0 degrees for the month, 1.9 degrees below normal. Daytime temperatures averaged 59.6 degrees, just 3.6 degrees below normal. The evening temperatures averaged 42.4 degrees, 0.2 degrees below normal. A maximum temperature of 81 degrees was recorded on the 2nd and 5th and a minimum temperature of 28 degrees was recorded on the 25th. This was the coldest October since 1992. Precipitation totaled 3.03 inches, which was 0.41 inches below normal for the month.
We have had 36.83 inches of rain to date for the year 2002, which is 1.25 inches above normal and 7.26 inches lower then this time last year. We had measurable rain (0.10 inches or above) on 7 days. The greatest 24-hour rainfall was 1.18 inches, which came on the 16th. The first 10 days of October were very warm and dry, followed by a week of very wet weather, finishing the month with cold and dry weather. We had great fall colors this year, though they were about one week late.
Sunshine totaled 54% of the possible sunshine hours (1 point less then average).
Harvesting was in full swing during the month of October. Some growers found their yields to be much lower than expected. The harvest season is coming to the end, and for many growers this has been a very long and hard season due to the lack of water, small fruit size and cold temperatures.