Ah…what a great time of year. The Holidays are getting closer. The oppressive humidity of summer is gone. Days are pleasant…and the cool nights/mornings make it tough to reject my comforter and get out of bed. And, I sure don’t mind getting a break on the electric bill with the A/C “off”!
On a more scientific note, we’re in a stable weather pattern for the foreseeable future. This is not good news for the very dry conditions. October is normally our 2nd wettest month of the year (behind May), with about 5” of rain on average. We’re going to finish October 2007 with no additional rain, and that means monthly totals will run from 30%-60% of average across Texoma. When you factor in a very dry September as well…you can appreciate that the fire danger is rather high.
It’s also time to be thinking about the first freeze. The average date of the first freeze varies a bit; some areas such as Davis, Madill and Marietta got a light freeze on October 26. The average first freeze date ranges from Late October for the Arbuckle zones, such as Davis and Pauls Valley, to early November for most of southern Oklahoma, to November 11 for Sherman and Denison. Judging from the anticipated weather pattern, we’ll probably be pretty close to the average this year.
I was going over some of the records for October, which included a heat wave in 1927 with 5 days of highs in the 90s between October 19th –27th. There’s just something wrong with a reading that hot, given that November is knocking on the door. I’m thankful we’re not dealing with that right now.
So…I certainly hope that you’ll get a chance to enjoy this fine autumn weather.