OCTOBER RECORD       HIGHS/LOWS/PRECIPITATION/SNOWFALL NORMALS/SUNRISE/SUNSET/NOTABLE WEATHER EVENTS

Based on official USWB/NWS data. Downtown Airport records since 1972 are noted with an asterisk. POMP is the Probability Of Measurable Precipitation for the day....TPoP is the probability of audible thunder for the day.....POMS is the Probability Of Measurable Snowfall for the day, all based on the 1888 to 1996 period. The normals are for KCI. The sunrise/sunset times were computed by the U.S. Naval Observatory program and vary slightly from year to year. Originally compiled by Allen Pearson. Updated October 8, 2012.


      Max/Year Min/Year Max Pcpn POMP TPop Snow   POMS  Normals    Sun Up/Dn
Oct 1 94/2006  31/1985  3.46/1927 16%  6%           0%  74/54/0.13 7:15/7:02
Oct 2 95/2006  34/2004  2.09/2005 23% 13%           0%  74/53/0.13 7:16/7:00
Oct 3 95/2006  31/1987  1.84/1942 22% 12%           0%  74/53/0.12 7:17/6:58
Oct 4 92/1938  35/1999  4.24/1998 20% 12%           0%  73/53/0.12 7:18/6:56
Oct 5 97/1963  34/1988  2.90/1967 23% 12%           0%  73/52/0.12 7:19/6:55
Oct 6 95/1963  31/1991  3.01/1941 31% 20%  Tr/1891  0%  73/52/0.12 7:20/6:53
Oct 7 98/1939  26/2012  1.58/1977 14%  6%           0%  72/52/0.12 7:21/6:52
Oct 8 93/1980* 25/2000  2.05/1982 22% 11%  Tr/1992  0%  72/51/0.11 7:22/6:50
Oct 9 90/1963  27/2000  3.89/1985 23% 12%  Tr/1970  0%  72/51/0.11 7:23/6:48
Oct10 97/1963  29/1993  2.98/1973 26% 12%  Tr/1993  0%  71/51/0.11 7:24/6:47
Oct11 89/1995  27/1987  1.94/1973 20% 11%           0%  71/50/0.11 7:25/6:45
Oct12 91/1899  28/1909  1.98/1969 26% 12%  Tr/1909  0%  71/50/0.10 7:26/6:44
Oct13 91/1899  27/1979  3.29/1981*24%  9%  Tr/1986  0%  70/50/0.10 7:27/6:42
Oct14 92/1963  29/1937  1.58/1960 27% 14%  Tr/1952  0%  70/49/0.10 7:28/6:41
Oct15 91/1938  32/1943  1.55/1967 23% 16%  Tr/2001  0%  70/49/0.10 7:29/6:40
Oct16 90/1938  29/1976  1.46/1913 26% 11%  Tr/2002  0%  69/49/0.09 7:30/6:38
Oct17 88/1950  25/1976 *2.27/2007 18%  6%  3.3/1898 1%  69/48/0.09 7:31/6:37
Oct18 87/1950  28/1972  2.01/1984*21%  9%  1.0/1898 1%  68/48/0.09 7:32/6:35
Oct19 87/1963  21/1972  1.26/1983*21%  6%  Tr/1898  0%  68/48/0.09 7:33/6:34
Oct20 89/1979  25/1989  2.40/1971 26% 12%  Tr/1916  0%  67/47/0.08 7:34/6:33
Oct21 91/1978* 24/1987  4.54/1908 23% 10%  Tr/1898  0%  67/47/0.08 7:35/6:31
Oct22 87/1963  28/1982  2.82/1977 24%  7%  6.5/1996 1%  66/46/0.08 7:36/6:30
Oct23 91/1939  24/1937  1.67/1977 23%  9%  Tr/1996  0%  66/46/0.08 7:37/6:28
Oct24 87/1939  26/1999  3.26/1916 21%  9%  3.0/1908 1%  65/45/0.08 7:39/6:27
Oct25 88/1939  28/1994  1.12/1898 21%  4%  1.5/1898 1%  65/45/0.08 7:40/6:26
Oct26 87/1963  25/1980  2.71/1918 26%  5%  1.0/1997 1%  64/44/0.07 7:41/6:25
Oct27 86/1950  22/1925  1.22/1980 18%  6%  Tr/1980  0%  64/44/0.07 7:42/6:23
Oct28 84/1944  18/1925  1.44/1929 19%  5%  2.0/1913 2%  63/43/0.07 7:43/6:22
Oct29 88/1937  22/1925  1.58/1896 24%  9%  0.8/1917 1%  63/43/0.07 7:44/6:21
Oct30 91/1950  17/1925  3.48/1974 36%  9%  Tr/1954  0%  62/42/0.07 7:44/6:20
Oct31 87/1950  17/1993  2.64/1984*32%  7%  1.0/1912 2%  62/42/0.07 7:45/6:19

Month 98/1939  17/1925 11.94 1941 23% 10%  6.5 1996     69/48/3.29 CDT
      Max/Year Min/Year Max Pcpn POMP TPop Snow   POMS  Normals    Sun Up/Dn
                        Month    Month     Month


Wettest Octobers: (11.94" 1941) (8.83" 1967) (8.47" 1908) (7.67" 1977)
(7.51" 1985) (7.22" 1974) (6.72" 1929) (6.50" 1969) (6.27" 1959)
Dryest Octobers: (0.12" 1895) (0.16" 1893) (0.17" 1952) (0.21" 1988)
(0.23" 1906) (0.33" 1910 1978) (0.35" 1915 1975) 
Snowiest Octobers: (6.5" 1996) (5.8" 1898) (3.0" 1913 1918) (1.0" 1912)
(0.8" 1917) (0.5" 1925) (0.1 1951) all the rest are traces or none
Most Thunderstorm Days: (8/1929 1954) (7/1914 1926 1935 1960) (6/1927)
(6/1928 1961 1977 1984) 
Fewest Thunderstorm Days (0/1893 1895 1899 1906 1910 1952 1956 1966)
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                       NOTABLE WEATHER EVENTS
 
Oct 2 1991 Evening thunderstorms produced as much as four inches 
of rain in parts of the city and lightning strikes left 43,000 customers
without electricity.
Oct 6 1941 An occasionally intense tornado hit the east side of
Kansas City. From about 43rd and Jackson, the twister moved northeast 
along the Blue River to beyond Sugar Creek. Of the 4 fatalities, 2 were 
in a small house that was carried 700 feet. The tornado was rated an
F3/2/2 on the Fujita-Pearson scale.
Oct 8 1980 The temperature at the Downtown Airport hit 93 degrees,
just five days after dropping to 34.
Oct 10 1963 The temperature at Municipal Airport hit 97 degrees.
This is the only reading higher than 95 for so late in the season.
Oct 17 1898 Kansas City was blanketed with 3.3 inches of snow,
with a total precipitation of 1.59". This is the earliest measurable
snowfall of record for Kansas City since records began in 1888.
Oct 18 1898 The previous day's snow continued with an additional
inch being recorded.
Oct 19 1972 The low reading of 21 degrees is the first sub-25
degree reading for the fall season since records began in 1888. 
Oct 21 1908 The 4.54 inches of rain is the record for the month
of October.
Oct 22 1996 Snow mixed with rain began falling at KCI at 7 AM
and lasted until afternoon. The mixture then turned to snow and 
continued until shortly after midnight. The peak hours of the heavy
snow was from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m..The heaviest amounts were in Leavenworth
County with unofficial reports of 7 to 12 inches...Platte County with
unofficial reports of 5 to 6.5 inches...Clay County with unoffical 
reports of 6.5 to 8.5 inches...Jackson County with unofficial reports of
4.5 to 7 inches, Johnson County with unoffial reports of 6 to 8 inches 
and Cass County with 1 to 7 inches. KCI reported 6.5 inches. The heavy
wet snow wreaked havoc throughout the Kansas City area as tree limbs fell
on power lines. The problem was exacerbated since many of the trees had
not yet dropped all of their leaves. Many parts of the city were without
power for several days, and final power was not restored in Prairie
Village until 6 days later. Most area schools were closed due to the
loss of electrical power and the difficulty of getting around the
clogged streets. The 6.5 inches is the record for October and the 
earliest date of record for a snowfall of 4 inches or more. There were
two fatalities. The snow extended to the north of St Joseph and to the
west of Topeka, and as far south as Harrisonville.   

Oct 24 1908 Just three days after the record rainfall Kansas
City recorded the third earliest snowfall of record......3.0".
Oct 25 1898 The third snowfall of October 1898 produced another 1.5".

Oct 28 This is the first day of the cool season to have had a
high temperature that was not above freezing, 31 in 1925.
Oct29/30 1925The high temperature on the 29th was just 26 degrees
and the following morning the low was only 17 degrees, the record low
for the month that wasn't tied until 1993.
Oct 31 1993 Another low temperature reading of 17 degrees, making
for a very cool Halloween.