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West Virginia Climate Summery, October 2013

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Warm, Cool, and Warm Again Compiled by Brad Rippey, Agricultural Meteorologist, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The first half of month featured persistent warmth, including a late-season heat wave during the weekend of October 5-6.

On the 6th, high temperatures approached the 90-degree mark in some airport locations, led by Martinsburg (89 degrees F) and Charleston (87 degrees F). The weather took an autumnal turn after October 17, when a lengthy cool spell commenced.

The state's airport observation sites reported two to ten freezes during the month, all of which occurred from October 20-29. Light snow accompanied the chill in many areas from October 23-25, with high-elevation sites reporting small accumulations. The cold snap peaked on October 25-26, when season-ending freezes occurred statewide. Warmth returned at month's end in advance of an approaching cold front. Halloween featured unnaturally mild weather -- with low temperatures above the 60-degree mark in Bluefield and Huntington -- along with gusty winds and showers.

Southerly wind gusts topped 40 mph on October 31 in locations such as Bluefield (48 mph) and Wheeling (43 mph).  Clarksburg had a peak wind gust of 66 MPH.

Dry weather was the month's prevailing regime, aside from a stalled coastal storm that affected the eastern fringe of the state prior to mid-month. From October 9-13, Martinsburg -- in the eastern panhandle -- received 4.63 inches of rain. Martinsburg ended the month with 5.48 inches of rain, 180 percent of normal. In contrast, all other airport sites reported below-normal monthly precipitation, with amounts ranging from 1.27 inches (48 percent of normal) in Charleston to 2.28 inches (89 percent) in Wheeling. When snowflakes began to fly, Bluefield noted a small accumulation (0.2 inch) on October 25, following trace amounts on October 23 and 24. A trace of snow fell in many other locations --including Beckley, Charleston, and Elkins -- on October 24.

The majority of the Mountain State experienced its coldest morning of the month on October 26, when temperatures dipped to 20 degrees F in Elkins and 24 degrees F in Beckley.

Elkins registered ten consecutive freezes from October 20-29.

Preliminary Station Data, October 2013*

Temperatures (Degrees F), Precipitation (Inches), and Departures from Normal

WV Station Avg Dep Hi / Lo Temp (Dates) Pcpn Dep. % Nml Snow

Beckley 54.8 +1.6 81 (6th) / 24 (26th) 1.51 -1.06 59 Trace

Bluefield 57.5 +1.1 84 (5th) / 27 (26th) 2.13 -0.37 85 0.2

Charleston 57.5 +1.0 87 (6th) / 27 (26th) 1.27 -1.40 48 Trace

Elkins 53.4 +2.2 83 (6th) / 20 (26th) 1.31 -1.54 46 Trace

Huntington 57.8 +1.2 86 (6th) / 30 (26th) 2.10 -0.71 75 0.0

Martinsburg 56.5 +2.7 89 (6th) / 28 (26th) 5.48 +2.43 180 N/A

Morgantown 55.9 +1.7 85 (6th) / 29 (25th) 1.79 -0.99 64 N/A

Parkersburg 55.8 +0.5 85 (6th) / 29 (26th) 2.02 -0.84 71 N/A

Wheeling 55.7 +2.4 82 (6th) / 31 (28th) 2.28 -0.27 89 N/A

Nearby Stns Avg Dep Hi / Lo Temp (Dates) Pcpn Dep. % Nml Snow

Blacksburg, VA 54.0 +1.7 82 (4th) / 20 (26th) 2.64 -0.14 95 Trace

Hagerstown, MD 57.1 +2.3 87 (6th) / 30 (26th) 5.32 +2.44 185 N/A

Jackson, KY 58.4 +0.3 85 (5th) / 29 (26th) 2.13 -1.06 67 0.1

Pittsburgh, PA 56.3 +3.6 84 (6th) / 28 (28th) 2.35 +0.06 103 0.1

Zanesville, OH 55.4 +2.3 84 (5th, 6th) / 27 (28th) 2.41 -0.20 92 N/A

* Preliminary station data were supplied by National Weather Service offices in Blacksburg, VA, Charleston, WV, Pittsburgh,

PA, Sterling, VA, and Jackson, KY. Compiled by Brad Rippey, Agricultural Meteorologist, U.S. Department of Agriculture.