NOAA: Near Average Temperature and Precipitation in U.S. for October; West North Central Much Wetter than Average

November 7, 2008

October 2008 temperature and precipitation were near the long-term average for the contiguous United States, according to an analysis by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., based on records dating back to 1895.

The average October temperature of 54.5 degrees F was 0.3 degree F below the 20th Century average, based on preliminary data. Precipitation across the contiguous United States in October averaged 2.10 inches, which is 0.10 inch below the 1901-2000 average.

June-August 2008 statewide Temperature Ranks.

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U.S. Temperature Highlights

June-August 2008 statewide Precipitation Ranks.

High resolution (Credit: NOAA)

U.S. Precipitation Highlights

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