October was a very dry and warm month. Temperatures averaged 54.2 degrees for the month, 1.3 degrees above normal. Daytime temperatures averaged 63.4 degrees, just 0.2 degrees above normal. The evening temperatures averaged 44.9 degrees, 2.3 degrees above normal. A maximum temperature of 74 degrees was recorded on the 2nd and 4th and a minimum temperature of 28 degrees was recorded on the 29th. This was the warmest October since 1995. Precipitation totaled 1.00 inch, which was 2.5 inches below normal for the month. We have had 44.09 inches of rain to date for the year 2001, which is 6.01 inches above normal. We had measurable rain (0.10 inches or above) on 2 days and 4 days with a trace to 0.10 inches. The greatest 24-hour rainfall was 0.56 inches, which came on the 24th. During the period of September 23rd thru October 16th (24 days), we only had 0.31 inches of rain. This is the driest October since 1950, and the 3rd driest in the 75 years of record keeping in East Wareham, surpassed only by 1950 (0.98 inches) and 1949 (0.84 inches). All four weekends were dry and with lots of sunshine and great fall colors, though we did experience heavy fog on 4 mornings and 2 full days with foggy conditions. Sunshine totaled 67% of the possible sunshine hours (12 points more the average) making this the sunniest October since 1974. We had 23 days with some sunshine and 14 of those days had 90% or better of possible sunshine.
Harvesting was in full swing during the month of October. Some growers found their yields to be much lower than expected. Even though the color of the fruit this year was excellent, the quality of some of the fruit was poor as growers found a lot of fruit rot in their loads of cranberries. The harvest season went very smoothly due to the nice weather.