October weather was very similar to the norm, with close to average temperature and just above average sunshine. Rainfall was above average but mostly due to an end of September event with some of the rain recorded on the morning of October 1st. The temperature averaged 53.1 degrees, 0.5 degrees per day above average, similar to 2013 but cooler than 2014. Maximum temperature of 70.7 degrees was recorded on the 7th, the 12th, the 13th, and the 29th; a minimum temperature of 29.3 degrees was recorded on the 19th. The 19th saw the first freeze of the season; overnight lows on the 27th were also below freezing. Daytime high temperatures averaged 62.0 degrees, 0.1 degrees above the norm. Evening low temperatures averaged 44.7 degrees, 1.8 degrees above the norm. After three years of warmer than average daytime highs in October 2015 was almost exactly average.
Sunshine totaled 57% of the possible sunshine hours, 2 points above the norm and 13 points above 2014. We had 10 days that were mostly clear (90% of possible) and only 4 days with no sunshine. There were no days with fog in East Wareham this month. Year-to-date sunshine is running well above the norm.
Precipitation totaled 5.61 inches, 1.41 inches above the 30-year average. However, 1.60 inches were recorded on the morning of the 1st; most of that occurred on the previous day (Sept. 30th). Measurable rain was recorded on 8 days, 7 days of which had rainfall of 0.10 inches or greater. Year-to-date rainfall for 2015 is 32.77 inches; 8.42 inches below average for East Wareham. The largest 24-hour rainfall was 1.61 inches on the 28th to 29th. We have had 7 months with below average rainfall and 3 months with above average rainfall this year. There was one thunderstorm this month with brief hail.