October weather and records

Posted at 8:20 PM, Oct 01, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-01 20:20:45-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Somehow it’s already October, so here is my monthly look at the normal weather, some of the records that exist, and the change in the amount of daylight.

TEMPERATURES: The normal high starts at 66 degrees on the 1st and drops to 54 on the 31st. The normal low falls from 47 to 38. The record high for October is 89, set on the 1st in 1897. The record low is 18, set most recently on the 30th in 1988.

PRECIPITATION: There is normally 3.26 inches of precipitation in October. The wettest October was in 1954, when 8.32″ fell. The driest was in 1952, when Grand Rapids only got 0.03″.

SNOWFALL: There is normally 0.5″ of snow. The snowiest October was in 1967, when 8.4″ fell.

LENGTH OF DAYLIGHT: Here is a look at the sunrise/sunset times, as well as the length of daylight:

  • 1st:  Sunrise 7:40, sunset 7:24, length of daylight 11 hours and 44 minutes
  • 31st:  Sunrise 8:16, sunset 6:36, length of daylight 10 hours and 20 minutes

This results in a loss of daylight of one hour and 24 minutes.

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