October 31 Weather History

...1846... Eighty-seven pioneers were trapped by early snows in the Sierra Nevada Mountains that piled five feet deep, with 30 to 40 foot drifts. Just 47 persons survived the "Donner Pass Tragedy".

...1925... Record low October temperature readings were set in northern New England. Van Buren, Maine hit 1 degree, Garfield, Vermont dropped to 2 degrees, and Pittsburg, New Hampshire fell to 4 degrees.

...1939... 2.76 inches of rain fell at Newport, Rhode Island, setting the record for the date.

...1946... The high temperature for the date was set at Newport, Rhode Island as the temperature peaked at 76 degrees.

...1950... Unseasonably warm weather prevailed in the central U.S. for Halloween. The temperature soared to 83 degrees at Minneapolis MN, their warmest reading of record for so late in the season.

...1961... Hurricane Hattie made a direct hit on Belize City, British Honduras (now known as Belize) as a Category 5 storm with winds of 160 mph and a pressure of 920 millibars. Most of the city was destroyed as a 14 foot storm surge inundated the area. 274 people were killed and damage totaled $60 million.

...1965... Fort Lauderdale FL was deluged with 13.81 inches of rain, which brought their rainfall total for the month of October to an all-time record of 42.43 inches. (30th-31st)

...1987... Halloween was a wet one in the southwestern U.S. Heavy rain in southern California resulted in numerous mudslides. Weather-related auto accidents resulted in three deaths and twenty-five injuries. Mount Wilson CA received 3.14 inches of rain in 24 hours. Yakima WA reported measurable rainfall for the first time since the 18th of July. The 103 day long dry spell was their longest of record.

...1988... Twenty-two cities in the northeastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date. The low of 19 degrees at Cleveland OH was a record for October, and morning lows of 21 degrees at Allentown PA and Bridgeport CT tied October records. Nine cities in the southwestern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date, including Phoenix AZ with a reading of 96 degrees. Showers made Halloween a soggy one in the southeastern U.S.

...1989... Halloween night was a soggy one in New England. Showers in the northeastern U.S. produced more than an inch and a half of rain in six hours at some locations. An invasion of cold arctic air brought an abrupt end to a week of "Indian Summer" type weather in the Great Lakes Region, and brought snow and subzero wind chill readings to the Northern Plains. In Colorado, Alamosa was the cold spot in the nation with a record low of two degrees above zero, and a Halloween night storm brought 3 to 6 inches of snow to the Front Range, and 5 to 10 inches to the nearby foothills. Icy streets around Denver the next morning made for a rather spooky commute.

...1991... A severe winter storm, dubbed the Great Halloween Mega Storm, struck the upper Midwest. Minnesota bore the brunt of this storm. Blizzard conditions occurred with winds gusting frequently to 40 and 50 mph. By the time it was all over on November 2nd, Duluth recorded 37 inches, Minneapolis 28 inches, and International Falls 18 inches. For Duluth and Minneapolis, the snow amounts set new all-time records for the greatest amount of snow in a single storm. Of particular interest is the fact that this storm gave these two cities nearly half of their average seasonal snowfall!! In Wisconsin, 35 inches of snow was reported and Superior and 30 inches was measured at Iron River.

...1993... Record cold continued across the central and southern U.S. with 43 new record lows set or tied. Corpus Christi, Texas dipped to 28 degrees, to set not only its coldest temperature for October, but for November as well. Brownsville, Texas dropped to 35 degrees, to set an all-time record low for October for the location.

...2004... Milford, Utah had its wettest month on record with 4.83 inches of rain. -Alta, Utah was buried under 81.0 inches of snow for the month for its snowiest October on record.

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