October 2016 Brings Warm and Dry Conditions Across the First State

de_statewide_oct_temperature_1895-2016_0.png
Figure 1. Delaware statewide mean October temperature (°F) 1895-2016. Red line indicates 1981-2010 normal.
de_statewide_oct_precipitation_1895-2016_0.png
Figure 2. Delaware statewide October precipitation (inches) 1895-2016. Red line indicates 1981-2010 normal.

October Temperatures

Preliminary data indicates that the statewide average temperature in October was 60.0°F, 2.9°F above the 1981-2010 normal of 57.1°F (Figure 1). October 2016 ranks as the 12th warmest October since records began in 1895. October was the fourth month in a row with temperatures appreciably above normal.

October Precipitation

Delaware’s statewide precipitation for October 2016 averaged 3.02 inches, 0.44 inches below the 1981-2010 mean of 3.46 inches (Figure 2). Precipitation amounts varied greatly, with dry conditions across northern Delaware and wetter conditions in the southern portion of the State.

Statewide Spatial Averages

Data from the Delaware Environmental Observing System (DEOS) shows that temperatures were above normal across the entire State, with the largest temperature anomalies found across Chester County, PA and inland Sussex County (Figure 3). Much below normal rainfall was the rule across northern New Castle County, and Chester County, PA, while precipitation was generally above normal across Sussex County (Figure 4).

October 2016 average temperature departures (°F) from the 1981-2010 mean based upon DEOS station data.
Figure 3. October 2016 average temperature departures (°F) from the 1981-2010 mean based upon DEOS station data.
October 2016 precipitation departures (inches) from the 1981-2010 mean based upon DEOS station data.
Figure 4. October 2016 precipitation departures (inches) from the 1981-2010 mean based upon DEOS station data.
Syndicate content

Join CoCoRaHS

cocorahslogo.gif
Join CoCoRaHS, the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, today!

Partners

odscpartnerlogo-cropped.png

Delaware Environmental Observing System
Delaware Geological Survey
UD College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

NOAAProductsLink.gif

arsco.png
NOAA_WRN_Ambassador_0.jpg