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Sisters had coldest October on record

The frost was on the pumpkin in a serious way in October.

According to preliminary data received by NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton, temperatures at Sisters averaged much colder than normal during the month just past.

The average temperature was 38.8 degrees, which was 7.6 degrees below normal. This made for the coldest October on record. The previous coldest was 41.9 degrees in 2002.

High temperatures averaged 54.1 degrees, which was 8.5 degrees below normal. The highest was 71 degrees on October 8. Low temperatures averaged 23.5 degrees, which was 6.7 degrees below normal. The lowest was 5 degrees, on October 30.

There were 24 days with the low temperature below 32 degrees. There was one day when the high temperature stayed below 32 degrees.

Precipitation totaled 0.01 inches during October, which was 1.04 inches below normal. Measurable precipitation — at least .01 inch — was received on one day.

Precipitation this year has reached 11.34 inches, which is 1.64 inches above normal.

The outlook for November from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center calls for above-normal temperatures and near- to below-normal precipitation. Normal highs for Sisters fall from 54.0 degrees at the start of November to 41.0 degrees at the end of November. Normal lows fall from 29.0 degrees to 23.0 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is 1.86 inches.


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