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Kootenay October 70% wetter than normal

Two-and-a-half year old Sequoia Wildwood keeps dry from the rain on Thursday afternoon. The last half of October was a rainy one according to the monthly stats from the Southeast Fire Centre. - Bob Hall photo
Two-and-a-half year old Sequoia Wildwood keeps dry from the rain on Thursday afternoon. The last half of October was a rainy one according to the monthly stats from the Southeast Fire Centre.
— image credit: Bob Hall photo

Last month's weather could be summed up in one word: soggy.

Monthly statistics provided by the Southeast Fire Centre's weather services in Castlegar show we received about 85 mm of rain in October, 70 per cent more than the average of 48 mm. This despite the fact the first 13 days of the month were dry with relatively mild daytime temperatures.

"The remainder of the month was far more eventful and typical of late October with numerous Pacific disturbances producing frequent/significant rain and even a few thundershowers," forecasters Ron Lakeman and Jesse Ellis said.

Clear skies early on the 4th through the 7th saw the first freezing temperatures of fall. A record daily low of –2.5 was set on the 4th. The coldest temperature of the month was recorded on the 5th when it dipped to –3.8. The all-time low of –11.3 was set on Halloween 2002.

The warmest it got was 22.2 degrees on the 10th, although that still fell well short of the record 27.2 set in 1980.

Cooler temperatures in the latter half of the month combined with moisture from a large upper trough resulted in the first wet valley snow of the season on the morning of the 23rd, which largely melted once it hit the ground.

The average temperature for the month was close to normal.

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