Temperatures for October 2012 were well below normal for the Dodge City Regional Airport. The average temperature was 54.0 degrees, which was 2.6 degrees below normal. This was the 24th coolest October on record. The average high was 68.2 degrees and the average low was 39.7. The highest temperature was 88 degrees on the 23rd and the lowest was 21 degrees on the 26th. Only one record was tied and that was on the 7th. Dodge City only reached 50 degrees that day and tied for the lowest maximum temperature. The lowest maximum temperature was set in 1925 and tied in 1988. 2012 has now fallen behind the pace for the warmest year on record. The average for 2012 through the end of October was 61.6 degrees which is the second warmest on record. The warmest year on record is 1934 with an average of 62.2 degrees. October 2012 was the third month in a row where the average temperature was below normal. The last time this happened was December 2009 through February 2010.
The total precipitation for the month was 1.52 inches, which was 0.22 inches below normal. Most of the rain fell on the 13th when there was 1.44 inches. The only other day there was measureable rain was on the 6th with 0.08 inches. The total precipitation for the year was 17.12 inches, which was 2.88 inches below normal. There was no snow for October. The average for October is 0.4 inches.
The average wind speed for the month was 11.4 mph. The highest wind gust was 56 mph from the northwest on the 18th.