October was very warm and extremely wet, with well below average sunshine. The temperature averaged 56.4 degrees, 3.9 degrees per day above normal. This is 2.7 degrees warmer per day than October 2013. Maximum temperature was 77.9 degrees on the 15th; a minimum temperature of 35.0 degrees was recorded on the 20th. Daytime high temperatures averaged 64.1 degrees, 2.2 degrees above the norm. Evening low temperatures averaged 48.6 degrees, 5.7 degrees above the norm. Daytime average high temperatures were within a couple of tenths from each other for the past 3 years. The evening average low temperatures however, were 5.5 degrees warmer than in 2013.
Sunshine totaled 44% of the possible sunshine hours, 11 points below the norm and 13 points below 2013. We had 5 days that were mostly clear (90% of possible) and surprisingly 9 days with no sunshine. There were no days with fog in East Wareham this month. Year-to-date sunshine is running above the norm.
Precipitation totaled 7.94 inches, 3.73 inches above the 30-year average. This is the 5th wettest October in the records since 1926, and just the opposite of October 2013. Measurable rain was recorded on 14 days, 9 days of which measured rainfall was 0.10 inches or greater. Year-to-date rainfall for 2014 is 43.87 inches; 2.68 inches above average for East Wareham and 4.30 inches more than 2013 for this time of year. The largest 24-hour rainfall was 3.26 inches on the 23rd and 24th. We have had 6 months with above average rainfall and 4 months with below average rainfall this year. There were two thunderstorms this month and no reported snowfall.