As an old comedy routine goes, someone says it was hot or cold and another person asks how hot or cold was it? — but in Mount Airy’s case the situation surrounds dryness during the month of October.
And in answer to the question of how dry it was, the response would have to be in the extreme category, since the city received less than an inch of rainfall the entire month. The exact figure was only 0.93 of an inch, according to a monthly statistical breakdown from F.G. Doggett Water Plant, Mount Airy’s official weather-monitoring station.
Measurable precipitation occurred on four days last month, but only one day produced a significant total, Oct. 8, when 0.81 inches was recorded at the water plant.
October’s meager output fell well below the usual monthly average locally for the 10th month of the year, 3.46 inches.
Despite that deficit, precipitation for the year in Mount Airy remained slightly above normal as of Oct. 31, with 41.3 inches logged. That is 2.28 inches, or 5.8 percent, above normal for the first 10 months of the year, when precipitation averages 39.02 inches locally.
On the warm side
As far as the mercury goes, October was a bit on the warm side in Mount Airy, including the high for the month, a record-breaking reading of 87 on Oct. 20. The old mark of 85 had been set in 1953. Weather records have been kept in the city since 1924.
On the other end of the scale, the low reading for the month, 33 degrees, was logged for both Oct. 26 and 27.
Temperatures averaged 59.8 degrees during October, exactly one degree above the usual monthly average of 58.8.
Fog was noted on four days last month.