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October Preview

Springfield, Mass (WGGB)- It’s October 1st! The start of one of the prettiest months of the year as Mother Nature shows off her spectacle of colors. It’s a month of transition as we continue to make our journey from the summer heat to the winter cold.

The month features chilly nights and cool, to at times, warm afternoons. It’s one of our driest months and usually the weather is quiet as it generally is to cool for any severe weather and to mild for any big snowstorms. (Except for last year of course when we saw out biggest October snowstorm on record)

The month starts with an average high of 68 and an average low of 46. By Halloween our average high is down to 57 and our average low is down to 36.

The warmest temperature recorded in the month is 89 degrees on the 12th in 1954. (since records have been kept in 1945) The coldest temperature we’ve seen was on the 21st in 1972 when the temperature fell to a bone chilling 16 degrees!

The month averages less than 1″ of snow. The earliest trace of snow was on October 10th of 1979 (on the 2nd that same year was when a tornado ripped through northern Connecticute lifting just before coming into Agawam.) The biggest snowstorm was last year the 29th into the 30th when we picked up over 12″ of heavy wet snow. Who can forget that one!

The days, of course, continue to get shorter during the month of October as well. At the beginning of the month the sunrise/sunset times are 6:47 am/ 6:31 pm. (11 hours 44 minutes of daylight) By the end of th month the sunrise/sunset times are 7:22 am/5:45 pm. (10 hours 23 minutes)

By the end of the month there is still some fall color left, although peak foliage will have passed and the area will have experienced a killing frost.

Enjoy the month!

Dan Brown

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