Coldest October in more than a century. Several other cities in Idaho and Washington also broke the record for coldest October, including Wenatchee, Ephrata, Sandpoint and Moscow.
The National Weather Service says the average temperature this October in Spokane was 42.3 degrees, breaking the record of 42.8 degrees set in October of 1905.
Records have been kept in Spokane since 1881.
Three out of four of Spokane’s coldest Octobers have fallen within this century, including 2002 and 2009, according to the National Weather Service.
Let me say that a different way. Three out of four of Spokane’s coldest Octobers have fallen in the last 19 years. And all we hear about is global warming.
Also record snowfall
On top of the cold, Spokane saw record snowfall in October. That came after Spokane had the second earliest snow on record back in September. (See: Record-breaking 4 inches of snow falls overnight in Spokane area )
Since many trees still had all their leaves, those few inches of snow damaged trees and electric lines. Thousands lost power overnight, with some outages lasting for several days.
Although the snowfall didn’t amount to much, it snowed two more times late in the month.
Regardless, a total of four snow events before Halloween is unprecedented and the average snow total for October is just 0.1 inches.
Thanks to Phil Salmon and Bill Bradsky for these links