For a period that featured unseasonable temperatures and 20 consecutive days without precipitation, considered as a whole October 1991 was a normal month, weatherwise.
Lawrence's weather statistics for October checked out around average thanks to a cool, soggy last week of the month. Craig Clark, Kansas University Weather Service forecaster, said Lawrence received 3.25 inches of precipitation for the month. That amount is slightly more than the average of 3.22 inches.
This week, the city has received 1.97 inches of precipitation to bring its monthly totals around the norm. As of 7 a.m. today, Clark recorded 0.70 inches of rain and another 0.16 inches of precipitation from the -inch snowfall in the preceding 24 hours.
Lawrence received rainfall on six days and a trace of precipitation on two days. The wettest day of the month was Oct. 24, when a 20-day dryspell was broken with 0.80 inches of rain.
For the year, Lawrence has tallied 28.71 inches of precipitation. The city remains 4.68 inches behind its year-to-date average of 33.39 inches of precipitation. October was the first month since May in which the city recorded more precipitation than the average amount.
Walter Schwarz, weather observer from Worden in south-central Douglas County, recorded 2.29 inches of precipitation during the month, which was 0.06 inches above average. For the year, Schwarz has measured 24.04 inches of precipitation, or 8.33 inches less than the 32.37-inch average.
The average high temperature for the month was 72 degrees, slightly warmer than the 71.3-degree average. The average low of 49.6 degrees also exceeded the norm of 47.8 degrees.
Lawrence recorded nine high temperatures in the 80s and nine highs in the 70s during the month. The warmest reading was 87 on Oct. 2. The coolest morning was 26 on Wednesday.
Three record temperatures were set during the month the overnight low of 68 degrees on Oct. 23 and the "low high" temperatures of 37 on Wednesday and 36 on Thursday.