October 2012 turned out slightly cooler and much drier than normal for Texoma.
A record cold spell early in the month brought frost to most of southern Oklahoma and a few spots in north Texas too. A second shot of cold October 26-29 brought a killing frost to all of Texoma with a freeze to just about all spots as well. This was a week to two weeks ahead of the typical first freeze date for the Red River valley. The average temperature was about one degree below average for the month as a whole.
Precipitation was hard to come by; the October average is about five inches-many locations received less than two for the entire month. A narrow strip from east of Atoka through Durant and Pottsboro to Whitesboro fared best with some getting over three inches in those areas.
The outlook for November is for warmer and drier than normal now that El Nino seems to have fizzled. For more on this winter’s El Nino outlook see the blog immediately below this one.