MONTHLY WEATHER REVIEW - ARMIDALE NSW
October 2014 was an unusually dry, warm and sunny month.
The rainfall total of 22.4 millimetres was 46 mm lower than the average with most of the rain falling overnight on the 14th-15th (21.4 mm).
overnight minimum temperatures were close to normal, day temperatures were well
above normal. The average maximum for the month of 24.1 deg
was the highest on record at the present weather station site, and the second
highest on record from previous CBD records which commenced in 1891. The
highest was 25.5 deg in 1896.
Sunny skies, warm westerly winds and an almost complete lack of rain systems resulted in the unseasonably warm spring month. The last week was the warmest with temperatures exceeding 30.0 deg on three days peaking at 32.4 deg on the 26th, the highest ever in the month of October (see below).
26th - A low pressure trough over inland New South Wales directed very warm north-westerly winds over most of the state with Armidale reaching 32.4 deg at 3.55pm. This was the Armidale’s hottest October day on record (from 106 years of temperature records available). Armidale airport recorded a maximum of 31.6 deg at 4.03pm. The previous highest October temperature on record was 31.5 deg on 19th October 2002. The 27th October 2014 was almost as hot as the previous day reaching 31.5C.
OCTOBER 2014 STATISTICS (long term averages in brackets)
Rainfall: 22.4 mm (67.9 mm)
days: 4 (9)
2014 rainfall total Jan to Oct: 354.8 mm (614.4 mm)
Average maximum temp: 24.1 deg (20.6 deg)
Average minimum temp: 5.7 deg (5.5 deg)
Highest maximum temp: 32.4 deg on the 26th
Lowest maximum temp: 13.5 deg on the 15th
Highest minimum temp: 12.8 deg on the 25th
Lowest minimum temp: -0.6 deg on the 17th
Fine sunny days: 21 (18)
Ideal weather days: 4 (2)
Days with thunderstorms: 3 (4)
Days with frosts: 5 (7) light: 3, moderate: 2
Days with fogs: 0 (2)
Wind direction at 3pm & number of days: W: 12, SW: 9, S: 4, E: 2, SE: 2, NE: 1, NW: 1
daily pan evaporation: 4.7 mm (4.1 mm)
13th: 3.40-4.00pm - slight storm from west
7.40-8.15pm - slight storm from west
11.10-11.40pm - slight storm from west
14th: 4.00-5.15am approx - slight storms
23rd: 3.30-5.30pm - thunder in east (sparse)