WET OCTOBER FOR NORTHEAST,
Nov. 18, 2005 — From Maine to Delaware, the northeast United States experienced its wettest October on record, thanks to several powerful, rain-producing storms. The global surface temperature was warmest on record for the month, according to scientists at the NOAA National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. (Click NOAA image for larger view of October 2005 temperature rankings by state. Please credit “NOAA.”)
Nine states in the Northeast had their wettest October on record. Monthly totals reached more than 14 inches for several northeastern stations, including Old Town, Maine (14.30 inches). Some areas, such as Kingston, R.I., Durham, N.H., and Millbrook, N.Y., received more than 17 inches of rain — more than three times their monthly averages. Several storms contributed to the extreme monthly totals, including torrential rains from Oct. 7-12 and Oct. 14 -16.
During the last week of the month, a Nor'easter produced additional precipitation and the first significant snowfall for much of the region. Mount Washington, N.H., recorded winds exceeding 100 mph with that storm and additional snowfall that brought the monthly total to 78.9 inches, which shattered the old record of 39.8 inches in October 2000.
A record-breaking tropical cyclone season had occurred by early November, with a total of 23 named storms, 13 of which became hurricanes, seven were classified as major. For October 2005, four hurricanes and two tropical storms formed, tying a record last set in 1950 for the greatest number of named storms for October. In addition, Hurricane Wilma became the third Category 5 hurricane of the season, setting a new record for the most Category 5 storms in the Atlantic Basin in a single season.
Tropical Storm Tammy made landfall in northeastern Florida on Oct. 5, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and localized rainfall totals of 3-5 inches. Based on central pressure measurements, Hurricane Wilma was the most intense hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Basin. It first made landfall near Cancun, Mexico at Category 4 strength, before turning to the Northeast and moving toward Florida. Wilma eventually made landfall as a Category 3 storm near Cape Romano, Fla., Oct. 24.
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