...1900... The remnants of tropical # 6 passed through western Connecticut. Newport, Rhode Island recorded 0.88 inches of rain.
...1901... 2.92 inches of rain deluged Newport, Rhode Island, setting a record for the date.
...1909... An F3 tornado struck Stantonville and Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee. 24 people were killed and 80 were injured.
...1920... The high temperature reached 80 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island setting the record for the date.
...1957... Floodwaters roared through a migrant labor camp near the town of Picacho AZ flooding fifty cabins and a dozen nearby homes. 250 migrant workers lost their shelters. The month was one of the wettest Octobers in Arizona weather history.
...1965... Heavy rains hit the coastal areas of southeastern Florida. In a 24 hour period rains of twenty inches were reported from Deerfield Beach to Fort Lauderdale, with 25.28 inches on the Fort Lauderdale Bahia-Mar Yacht Basin. Flooding that resulted caused considerable damage to roads and streets. The rains inundated numerous newly planted vegetable fields, and some residences. Ten miles away just 4.51 inches of rain was reported. (14th- 15th)
...1966... A late season tornado outbreak hit north central Iowa. 12 tornadoes touched down with the most devastating hitting the town of Belmond. The tornado, rated F4, demolished a large section of the town with damage set at 12 million dollars. 6 people were killed and 172 were injured.
...1981... Four days of heavy rain across northern Texas and southern Oklahoma came to an end. The heaviest rains fell in a band from southwest of Abilene TX to McAlester OK, with up to 26 inches reported north of Gainesville, in north central Texas. The heavy rains were the result of decaying Hurricane Norma, which also spawned thirteen tornadoes across the region. Seven deaths were attributed to the flooding.
...1984... Dense fog contributed to a 118 vehicle accident on I-94, just south of Milwaukee WI. It was the seventh day of an eight day stretch of dense fog. At the time of the accident the visibility was reportedly close to zero. Some of the effects of once Hurricane Josephine affected parts of southern New England. Newport, Rhode Island recorded a wind gust of 49 miles per hour and a low barometer of 29.74 inches.
...1987... Sixteen cities, mostly in the Appalachian Region, reported record low temperatures for the date. Record lows included 43 degrees at Lake Charles LA, 35 degrees at Augusta GA, and 27 degrees at Asheville NC. Gale force winds buffeted the Carolina coast. Light snow fell across parts of Wyoming, Colorado, and western South Dakota.
...1988... Forty cities in the eastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date. Elkins WV was the cold spot in the nation with a record low of 18 degrees above zero. Thunderstorms in Arizona drenched Phoenix with nine inches of rain in nine hours, the fifth highest total for any given day in ninety-two years of records. Carefree AZ was soaked with two inches of rain.
...1989... Thunderstorms produced severe weather over Michigan during the morning, and over New York State and Connecticut during the afternoon and evening hours. Thunderstorms spawned two tornadoes, and there were ninety reports of large hail or damaging winds, including seventy reports of damaging winds in New York State. A tornado at McDonough NY killed one person and injured three other people. Strong thunderstorm winds gusted to 105 mph at Somerset. Temperatures warmed into the 80s and lower 90s over much of the nation east of the Rockies, with eleven cities reporting record high temperatures for the date. Afternoon highs of 81 degrees at Beckley WV and field WV equaled October records.
...2007... 1.40 inches of rain fell at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on this day to raise its yearly rainfall to 53.34 inches to set a new record for its highest annual precipitation total. Its previous record yearly total was 52.03 inches set in 1908.