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Statement as of 7:00 am PDT on November 1, 2014

...Medford Oregon weather review: October 2014...

October 2014 featured a transition from warm dry conditions characteristic of the end of Summer during the first two weeks of the month to wet conditions the second half of the month as more active weather patterns dominated. Medford saw 4 days with temperatures 90 degrees or Above, All in the first half of the month. The warmest day was October 4, with a high of 91 degrees. Fire season on odf-protected lands in southwest Oregon ended October 15, after widespread rain on the 14th. Crater Lake recorded its first measurable snowfall of the season associated with this system. Temperatures remained mostly above normal through the end of the month, particularly the nighttime minimum temperatures. As a result, this was the 3rd warmest October on record with an average temperature of 60.3 degrees, 1.3 degrees below the record of 61.9 degrees set in 1988. The average minimum temperature in October was 47.4 degrees, which broke the record of 46.3 degrees, set in 1979. This fall is the first time on record that the temperature has not dropped below 39 degrees once by the end of October. Monthly precipitation was not record-setting by any means, but like September, was above normal. Total accumulation was 2.59 inches, the 12th wettest October on record. A strong low and its associated front brought rain and winds to the area on the 25th, with wind gusts peaking at 38 mph in Medford, blowing from the south.

The average temperature for October was 60.3 degrees which was 4.3 degrees above normal. The average maximum temperature was 73.3 degrees which was 3.4 degrees above normal. The average minimum temperature was 47.4 degrees which was 5.4 degrees above normal. The highest temperature for the month was 91 degrees on the 4th. The lowest temperature for the month was 40 degrees on the 13th.

There were 14 clear days, 11 partly cloudy days, and 6 cloudy days.

Total precipitation was 2.59 inches which was 1.46 inches above normal. The greatest 24 hour total was 0.72 inches that fell from the 30th to the 31st. The water year began September 1st and is currently at 4.63 inches which is 2.93 inches above normal. Calendar year precipitation is 16.02 inches which is 4.18 inches above normal.

The average wind for the month was 2.8 mph. The fastest recorded two-minute wind was 31 mph from the southeast on the 25th. The peak wind was 38 mph from the south on the 25th.

The highest pressure for the month was 30.31 inches on the 12th. The lowest pressure was 29.47 inches on the 25th.

Records set during the month:

The low temperature of 53 on the 17th was the warmest minimum temperature for the date. The old record was 52 in 2009, 1979, and 1926. The low temperature of 51 on the 18th tied the previous warmest minimum temperature for the date, set in 1997, 1952, and 1921.

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