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October 2016 - Report and Summary

The month of October 2016 was much warmer and much drier than normal. The thirty-day outlook for October 2016 had called for near normal temperatures and near normal precipitation. The September 30th update called for above normal temperatures and near normal precipitation. Compared with October 2015, the month was 2.4 deg. Warmer, and 10.68 inches drier. Year-to-date rainfall through month's end was 21.96 inches less in 2016 than for a similar period in 2015.

Upper air high pressure controlled the area's weather for the first half of the month. Though not particularly strong, it was able to steer storm systems well away from the area. There were a few showers on the 7th behind a cold front, and a few more on the 11th beneath a weak mid-level low traveling west beneath the ridge's southern flank.

The month started with near normal temperatures, warmed to well above normal through the 7th, then cooled with the front before warming again on the 12th. Another weak front crossed on the 13th, lowering temperatures slightly and bringing showers as it dissipated. Temperatures continued above normal, except for a few days after the front of the 7th.

Temperatures warmed again between the 15th and 20th until another cold front on the latter date brought more showers and cooler temperatures. Upper air high pressure returned on the 23rd, warming temperatures through the end of the month. Outside of a few showers north of IH-20 on the night of the 26th, the period was dry.

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.

October 2016



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