October Weather and Records

Posted at 8:58 PM, Sep 30, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-30 20:58:45-04

WEST MICHIGAN — (FOX 17) — Tuesday is the first day of October. Here is a monthly look at some of the weather normals for the month, the records that exist, and the amount of daylight lost.

TEMPERATURES: Normal highs start at 66 degrees on the 1st and drop to 54 by the end of the month. Normal lows drop from 47 to 38. The record high for October is 89 degrees, set on the 1st in 1897. The record low is 18, set most recently on the 30th in 1988.

PRECIPITATION: The normal precipitation in October is 3.26″. The wettest October was in 1954, when Grand Rapids received 8.32″. The driest was in 1952, when there was just 0.03″.

SNOWFALL: October is on average the first month in which the flakes start flying. However, it’s not much, since the normal amount is just a half an inch. However, the snowiest October was in 1967, when Grand Rapids had 8.4″ on the night of the 26th.

LENGTH OF DAYLIGHT: Here are the sunrise and sunset times for the beginning and end of the month, as well as the length of daylight:

  • 1st: Sunrise 7:40am; sunset 7:23pm; length of daylight 11 hours, 43 minutes
  • 31st: Sunrise 8:16am;  sunset 6:36pm; length of daylight 10 hours and 20 minutes.

This results in a loss of daylight of one hour and 23 minutes.

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