October 2013 WrapNovember 2nd, 2013 at 2:58 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Pic. is snow Oct. 24 in Park Twp. north of Holland from Dave Carpenter. This October was split down the middle. The first two weeks were generally sunny and warm. The last second half of the month was cloudy and wet. From Oct. 1-12, we had only one day that didn’t reach 70. Those 12 days were 8 degrees warmer than average. For the first two weeks of October we had a whopping 67% of possible sunshine and the average wind speed was 6 mph. From Oct. 15-31 we had just 21% of possible sunshine (the sunniest day from Oct. 15th on had only 43% of possible sunshine) and the average wind speed was 9.3 mph. The peak gust of wind was 43 mph on the 26th. From Oct. 19-29 we didn’t have a single day warmer than average. Overall the month was 2.1 deg. warmer than average. Grand Rapids had a trace of snow on the 23rd, but as you can see in the picture, some spots in the lakeshore counties had 1-3″ of snowfall. Rainfall in October totaled 5.46″, the 10th wettest October ever and 2.2″ above average. We had measurable rain on 16 of 31 days of the month and four other days with a trace of rain. The sunny, warm weather in late Sept. and early Oct. delayed the fall color change and we still have a fair number of leaves on the trees as we head into November.