October was mild and soggy

ALPENA — October weather in Alpena was mild in terms of temperatures, but wet in terms of rainfall.

The above average warmth and amount of participation led to the month ending in the top 10 historically of the two measurements.

According to the National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Keysor the month started out warm and although the night time hours cooled later in the month, the high, low and average temperatures all exceeded their historical averages.

“It was warm and wet for basically all of northern Michigan,” Keysor said. “The hurricanes in the Atlantic indirectly helped us stay warm because it locked us into a high pressure system that kept us warmer than normal.”

The high temperature in Alpena was recorded on Oct.3 when it reached 81 degrees. There was also a three day stretch from Oct. 7-9 where temperatures were in the high 70s. A late month warm-up pushed thermometers back into summer like temperatures when 76 degrees on Oct. 22 and 78 degrees the following day. The average high temperature for the month was 63.6 degrees, which easily exceeded the historical average of 55.9 degrees. The average temperature for the month was 52.8 degrees, which was more than six degrees warmer than the historical average.

The low temperature for the month was on Oct. 30 when a reading of 27 degrees was recorded. The average low for the month was 41.9 degrees which was well above the historical average of 36.4 degrees.

Keysor said because the jet stream remained over northern Michigan for such a lengthy time a lot of rain events developed. A record was broken on Oct. 24 when 3.16 inches of rain fell in Alpena. That beat the previous record of 1.03 inches.

For the month, 5.32 inches of precipitation fell in Alpena, which eclipsed the historical average of 2.61. For the month there was only a trace of snow in Alpena and no significant accumulation.

“These are significant amounts of rain. When you look at the totals in northern Michigan there were many places that had double or even triple the normal amount,” Keysor said. “That’s pretty incredible.”

For the first half of November, Keysor said the region can expect weather similar to what it has seen the last week or so. He said temperatures will be warmer than normal and there also is rain in the forecast.

“We’re really going to see the same type of pattern we saw in October and the jet stream will remain close to the region. There will be some cold air from Canada that will bleed down into the state,” Keysor said. “It will also still be wet.”

Although other areas of the state have already received snow, Keysor said the warm temperatures near Lake Huron has stalled systems producing snow before they could reach Alpena. He said looking ahead the next two weeks it is likely there won’t be much snow.

“There may be a little mixed into the forecast, but overall the pattern doesn’t look that snowy,” he said. “There just isn’t the potential there for snow the first half of the month.”

Steve Schulwitz can be reached via email at sschulwitz@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5689. Follow Steve on Twitter ss_alpenanews.