The national October climate report features a cooler than normal October and an early season blizzard across South Dakota and Wyoming. The snow storm dropped up to 3 feet of snow and is blamed for the deaths of some 20,000 cattle.
Rapid City, shown below was among the hardest hit areas. You can read more about why so many cattle died in the storm at: news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/10/131022-cattle-blizzard-south-dakota-winter-storm-atlas/ More climate headlines are listed on the above graphic.
Statewide, Oregon had its 11th coolest October on record. Locally, Portland averaged 1.4 degrees below normal for what will be remembered as a sunny month with surprisingly nice weather. The below normal average is mainly due to low temperatures.
Oregon's pleasant October weather was likely tied to record warmth in Alaska. The statewide average temperature for Alaska was 8.8 degrees above normal, making last month the warmest October on record! It is interesting that the above normal temperatures came with above normal precipitation which was mostly in the form of rain.
According to the Rutgers Global Snow Lab, October snow cover across the lower 48 states was the 5th largest in the 46-year period of record, covering 132,000 square miles. The near record amount was mostly due to the upper plains blizzard.
One more temperature note shows slightly more record cold temperatures than record warmth. You can read the entire October climate report at: www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/2013/10
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