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Pretty much normal month for weather in October

Fog engulfed BOB (Big Orange Bridge) during mid-October before lifting to some of the warmest temperatures during the month. — The Nelson Daily photo

Ron Lakeman, Forecaster for the Southeast Fire Centre said in his monthly weather synopsis that October was pretty much a normal month with no records broken.

“The end result was a very near normal monthly rainfall and a near normal mean monthly temperature,” Lakeman explained.

Lakeman said the month began with eight days of unsettled weather as a broad upper trough of low pressure dominated. 

“A vigorous frontal system produced a few showers and thundershowers with strong gusty winds during the evening of (October) 2nd,” he said. “Another disturbance pushed southeastward across the area with a few showers during the evening of (October) 8th.”

Lakeman said the first below freezing temperature of the season (-0.4 degrees) occurred during the early morning of October 5th.

That was followed by great weather as a strong upper ridge of high pressure slowly shifted inland from the coast for uneventful and generally dry conditions from October 9th through to the 22nd. 

Lakeman said fog was common during the early mornings while fairly sunny skies were enjoyed most afternoons, with the warmest temperature during the month was 17.9 degrees on October 12th.

“As is very typical for late October a series of Pacific systems produced frequent rain during the final nine days of the month,” Lakeman said.

“73% on the months total rain fell during this period.”

November is starting off with wet weather, with some snow in the higher elevations.

Environment Canada is calling for possible wet snow next week.