The month October 2008 was cooler and slightly drier than normal. The 2008 growing season ended on the 28th with the season's first freeze. It was 235 days having started on March 9. This was 10 days shorter than normal. Compared with October 2007, the month was 5.1 deg. Cooler, and 3.31 inches drier. Year-to-date rainfall through October 31 was 2.41 inches less in 2008 than 2007 with both years running well above normal The thirty-day outlook had called for near normal temperatures and near normal precipitation.
The week September 28-October 4 saw temperatures about 4 degrees cooler than normal, and no rainfall Surface and upper air high pressure continued to control the area's weather through the week. This resulted in mild nighttime and seasonably warm daytime temperatures daily. No major storm systems affected the region. The week's average temperature was 69.2 deg. This was 3.8 deg. Cooler than the previous week. This was 10.3 deg. cooler than the same week in 2007, and there was no rainfall during the week in either year. The week October 5-11 saw temperatures about 2 degrees below normal, and rainfall about 133 percent of normal. A strong system crossed the region on the night of the 7th. It caused a couple of severe thunderstorms with heavy rainfall, and one tornado which tracked from Anderson County into southern Smith County, causing some structural damage. Following this feature, surface high pressure brought below normal temperatures until the 11th, when temperatures and humidities began to rise. The week's average temperature was 67.9 deg., and rainfall was 1.66 inches. This was 1.3 deg. Cooler than the previous week. Compared with the same week in 2007, the week was 6.6 deg. Cooler, and there was no rain in 2007.
The week October 12-18 saw near normal temperatures. And rainfall about 200 percent of normal The week began warm, but cooled off at mid-week following a powerful upper air storm system. This crossed on the 15th, and brought widespread rain to the area. In a band from Anderson through Cherokee and into Rusk County, amounts of between three and five inches were reported. The late-week was cool and dry. The week's average temperature was 68.3 deg., which was 0.4 deg. Warmer than the previous week. Rainfall was 2.71 inches. Compared with the same week in 2007, the week was 1.6 deg. Cooler, and 2.17 inches wetter.
The week October 19-25 was about 4 degrees cooler than normal, with rainfall about 10 percent of normal. The week began with near normal temperatures, which dropped below normal when a cold front arrived on the 22nd. The front was accompanied by the week's only rainfall, which was scattered, and with most stations reporting under one-half inch. The week's average temperature was 61.3 deg., which was 7.0 deg. Cooler than the previous week. Rainfall was 0.13 inch. Compared with the same week in 2007, the week was 2.5 deg. Warmer, and 0.52 inch drier.
The first freeze of the season came about 18 days early this year on the 28th. A strong cold front crossed the region on the evening of the 26th. It was accompanied by only a few spotty showers, but it lowered temperatures significantly as high pressure built into the region. Most of the northern half of the area experienced a freeze on that morning. A gradual warming trend began the following day, continuing through month's end.
The reporting period for temperatures and phenomenon on each day is for the twenty-four hours ending at midnight hours GMT--6 p.m. CST and 7 p.m. CDT. The reporting period for precipitation is for the twenty-four hours ending at noon GMT--6 a.m. CST and 7 a.m. CDT. All times are given using the twenty-four hour clock, and are expressed in Greenwich Mean Time.
Observations are from NWS Station 41/9207/4 in Tyler, Texas. The term "normal" refers to averages from the standard climatic period 1971-2000.
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