MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The month of October brought a roller coaster of temperatures to the Mid-South. The area recorded 17 days with high temperatures above 70 degrees and 9 days above 80 degrees. However, chilly temperatures during the month helped to average our monthly temperatures near the normal for October. The National Weather Service in Memphis recorded 3 days below 40 degrees and 13 days below 50 degrees. For the year, 2012 still holds the number one spot for the warmest year on record in Memphis.
Rainfall was near normal for the month across the Mid-South with areas receiving between 3” to 4” of rain on average. Heavier downpours and thunderstorms during the severe weather outbreak on October 17, 2012 dropped even more rain in some spots. Many areas in the Mid-South have improved on the U.S. Drought Monitor. All of west Tennessee and north Mississippi is out of extreme drought, but remain abnormally dry.
November is expected to bring near normal rainfall and temperatures, but severe weather can be expected. November is historically active with potent weather systems that frequently bring destructive wind and hail.