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Ketchikan October 2012


Ketchikan reported an average temperature this October of 43.0°F, 2.3°F below the long-term mean of 45.3°F. The maximum temperature for the month was 61°F, which occurred on the 7th, while the minimum (20°F) was reported on the 30th. Temperatures tended to the warm side for the first half of the month, then turned cold for the remainder. Exemplifying the cold spell at the end of the month were three record cold events. First, on the 22nd, the temperature dropped to 28°F, breaking the old record of 29°F set way back in 1919. Then on the 24th, the low temperature of 28°F tied the record from 1991. Finally, on the 29ththe low of 25°F matched the record also set in 1991.
Precipitation was light, totaling 8.73", or just 45% of the long term mean of 19.22".