October 2012November 10th, 2012 at 1:12 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Click on the maps to enlarge. The first map is October tempeature in the Lower 48 States. It was a little warmer than average in New England and the Southwest and cool in the middle of the country. Overall, the month was 0.3 degrees cooler than average nationally. Rainfall was above average in much of the northern U.S., including Michigan. It was drier than average in the Southern Plains. Overall it was slightly wetter than average in the Lower 48 states in October. The map on the right is precipitation from Hurricane/Super Storm Sandy. There were a couple spots that reported 12″ of rain in eastern Maryland. The storm produced record high surges of 13.88 feet at the Battery (Park) in NYC and 10.6 feet in Delaware Bay. The surge from Sandy was enhanced by landfall occurring within a couple hours of the full moon (and high tide). Here’s some weather highlights of the month.