SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) October is a month of transition as we make our way towards winter. October is also one of the prettiest months, as the fall colors peak across western Mass. October features chilly nights and cool to mild days.
The average high temperature starts out in the upper 60’s but by Halloween fall into the mid to upper 50’s. The overnight lows drop off too, starting out in the middle 40’s and ending up in the middle 30’s.
We start off the month with 11 hours and 44 minutes of sunlight but by the end of the month we are down to 10 hours and 23 minutes of sunlight.
The month also marks the end of the growing season with the first hard freeze, usually happening in the first 10 days. The month averages about 4.34″ of rain, equal to most other months. It’s not unusual to see a bit of snow but most October’s will see less than 1″ of accumulation.
The full moon, this year, is on the 18th, and is often refered to as “The Hunter’s” Moon.
The highest temperature recorded: 89 on the 12th of 1954
The coldest temperature recorded: 16 on the 21st of 1972
The earliest measurable snowfall: 2″ October 2nd of 1979
The biggest snowfall recorded: 11″ October 29-30th of 2011