CLEVELAND - The month of October turned out to be near normal temperature wise, but mighty wet.
In its monthly climate report issued on Wednesday, the National Weather Service office in Cleveland says the area had a near normal October in terms of temperature with a mean daily average of 53.0 degrees. That was less than a degree below average.
Overall, the area swung from a warm Indians summer high of 79 degrees on October 25th to a chilly morning low of 34 degrees on both October 11th and 13th when much of the area so frost and an end to the growing season for the year.
However, Cleveland was the warmest of all major northern Ohio cities during October.
Akron Canton ended slightly above normal at 52.5 degrees, while Mansfield was near normal with 51.7 degrees, Youngstown above normal at 51.8 degrees and Toledo slightly below normal at 51.6 degrees.
The major October story though was the persistent rains during the first and last weeks of the month. The heaviest rain occurred with Hurricane Sandy from October 26th through 31st as 7.12 inches of rain fell with that system.
The historic storm helped propel Cleveland to its all time wettest October on record with 10.40 inches of rain. So far for 2012, Cleveland is 7.56 inches above normal after a summer of drought conditions.
Mansfield also set a new October rainfall record with 7.30 inches. Plus, that area saw its first significant snowfall of the season with 2.5 inches of snow and set a new 24 hour snowfall record for the month.
Elsewhere a trace of snow was reported in Akron and Toledo, although the first measurable flakes of snow have yet to fall at Cleveland Hopkins Airport.
Last year, the first snow in Cleveland occurred on November 11th.