...1898... At Newport, Rhode Island, 2.55 inches of rain fell, setting a record for the date.
...1965... The temperature soared to 104 degrees at San Diego CA. Southern California was in the midst of a late October heat wave that year. Los Angeles had ten consecutive days with afternoon highs reaching 100 degrees.
...1979... At Newport, Rhode Island the latest occurrence of the year for 80 degrees occurred on this day.
...1985... A guest on the top floor of a hotel in Seattle WA was seriously injured while talking on the phone when lightning struck. Several persons are killed each year when the electrical charge from a lightning bolt travels via telephone wiring.
...1987... Yakutat AK surpassed their previous all-time yearly precipitation total of 190 inche s. Monthly records were set in June with 17 inches, in September with 70 inches, and in October with more than 40 inches. (Sandra and TI Richard Sanders - 1987) Twenty-two cities in the eastern U.S., most of them in the southeast states, reported record low temperatures for the date. Morning lows of 30 degrees at Athens GA, 28 degrees at Birmingham AL, and 23 degrees at Pinson AL, were the coldest of record for so early in the season. (The National Weather Summary) Showers produced heavy rain in southern California, with amounts ranging up to five inches at Jay. Flash flooding resulted in two deaths, ten injuries, and more than a million dollars damage.
...1988... A "nor'easter" swept across the coast of New England. Winds gusted to 75 mph, and large waves and high tides caused extensive shoreline flooding. A heavy wet snow blanketed much of eastern New York State, with a foot of snow reported in Lewis County.
...1989... A storm system moving out of the Gulf of Alaska brought rain to the Northern and Central Pacific Coast Region, with snow in some of the mountains of Oregon, and wind gusts to 60 mph along the Oregon coast. Six cities in Florida reported record low temperatures for the date, including Tallahassee with a reading of 34 degrees.
...1996... Both Topeka, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri had their greatest October snowstorms on record with 8 inches and 6.5 inches falling, respectively.
...2006... At Newport, Rhode Island the low mean barometer fell to 29.36 inches, breaking the record of 29.40 inches set back in 1988.