October 2009 Among the Coldest, Wettest, and Snowiest

October 2009 was one of the coldest Octobers on record across the area, as well as ranking among the wetter and snowier Octobers.  The beginning of the month was particularly cold and rainy, with below normal temperatures from October 1 to October 17 and precipitation recorded on most of the days from October 1 to October 14.

 

The average temperatures for the top 5 coldest Octobers at Omaha, Lincoln, and Norfolk are:

 

 

Omaha

 

Lincoln

 

Norfolk

 

Rank

Value

Year

Value

Year

Value

Year

1

42.7

1925

42.8

1925

38.9

1925

2

46.6

1917

46.2

2009

43.3

1917

3

46.8

2009

46.5

1917

43.6

2009

4

47.5

2002

46.7

2002

44.4

2002

5

48

1873

47.2

1976

45.1

1969

 

 

The rankings for the wettest Octobers at Omaha, Lincoln, and Norfolk are:

 

Omaha

Lincoln

Norfolk

Rank

Value

Year

Rank

Value

Year

Rank

Value

Year

1

6.23

2007

1

5.4

1986

1

6.81

2007

2

5.86

1877

2

5.29

1979

2

5.13

2008

3

5.81

1884

3

4.92

1973

3

4.57

1968

4

5.43

1900

4

4.9

2002

4

4.3

1984

5

5.37

1891

5

4.82

1891

5

4.26

1979

6

5.34

1986

6

4.8

1918

6

4.04

1904

7

5.25

1997

7

4.79

2008

7

3.81

1920

8

5.03

1883

8

4.57

1929

8

3.74

2009

9

4.99

1961

9

4.5

2007

   

1998

10

4.88

1970

10

4.36

1957

10

3.59

1918

 

 

 

 

   

 

29

3.47

2009

12

4.23

2009

 

 

 

 

 

October 2009 also ranked among the top 5 snowiest Octobers at all three locations.

 

Cold weather has persisted for much of the summer and early fall.  The average temperature from June 1 through October 31 was the coldest on record in Omaha (tied with 1992), Lincoln, and Norfolk.



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