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Published November 01, 2011, 08:31 AM

October goes down as one of the warmest on record

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Our weather this fall has been warm and dry, and October is going down in the record books as one of the warmest.

Our weather this fall has been warm and dry, and October is going down in the record books as one of the warmest. StormTRACKER Meteorologist Rob Kupec has a breakdown of the numbers, and what our lack of moisture means for spring flooding.

This October the average temperature was 52.6. That’s more than 7 degrees above average, and ranks this October as the 6th warmest on record. While we have had several warm Septembers It's been a while since we had an October like this.

Daryl Ritchison – StormTRACKER Meteorologist: “You would have to go back to 1963 to find the last October that was in the top 10 warmest. So this year we finally broke the October jinx.”

For rain we were drier than average with just under an inch of rain for the month, which was about an inch and a quarter below average and that's now where near a top 10 driest. What is more impressive is that since the middle August we have only had 1.67 inches of rain. and that is the 4th driest for that period. Which is good news going into winter.

Greg Gust – National Weather Service: “This is one of the nicer setups we've had for a few years now. Even though we end this water year, the end of October with 3-4-5 inches above average normal precipitation in and around the area. It's not 10- 12 inches above normal.”

Which is what we had going into the last winters, and that wet ground hurt us when the spring melt began. The National Weather Service and our own StormTRACKER team say even though it's dry now spring flooding is more dependent on the snow this winter and the way it melts in the spring.

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