Overall temperatures were quite a bit above normal in Syracuse during October. Thanks to a very mild last week of the month we ended at 2.9 degrees above normal.
Of course, there with other warm days beside those at the end of the month. We actually had a taste of summer on the first day of October when we reached a high of 88 F! That set a record high for the date. The old record was 85 set way back in 1927. It also was the first record high we’ve had in 2019.
Another notable stat with the temperatures was its consistency. 22 out of the 31 days of the month ended up with a high of 60 degrees or better. That’s 6 more days than is normal in the month of October.
Along with the warmth came wet weather. We finished at 6.88” of rain which is almost 3 and a half inches above normal placing October 2019 as the 4th wettest in Syracuse history. Records in Syracuse go back to 1902.
We couldn’t go through such a wet month without dealing with some flooding. A good 2 to 5 inches of rain fell on already saturated ground from Syracuse east on Halloween causing flooding in several counties. Hardest hit was Oneida county, in particular Utica and Whitesboro.
We think there may be a connection with our October weather and what the upcoming central New York Winter weather will be like. We will share that with you when we do our Winter Outlook on November 21st.