Enjoy this warmth now, it is almost gone

Columbus (WCMH) – What a crazy warm day today was.   Our afternoon high has tied the record for the date at 83°, and would have been warmer if it were not for the clouds.  But how about this morning low, it was 69°?


Just how warm is 69° for a low in October?

  • 69° for a low would be our latest 69° degree low on record
  • 69° would tie for the 4th warmest low ever in October in Columbus
  • 69° is 25 degrees warmer than our normal low for this time of year
  • The last time we had a low of 69° in October was in 1941 (October 6th)
  • 69° is 5° above our normal afternoon high for the date
  • 69° is above normal for a morning low all 366 days of the year

Here is the bad news…. starting Thursday we will not hit 69° again for the next 7 days… possibly the rest of the month!



You read that correctly.   Now we are going to get very close to hitting 69 on Thursday (my current forecast high is 68), but after that much colder air returns.  Next week we could start warming up again, but it looks like another cold front will arrive Wednesday/Thursday and that reinforcing shot should keep us closer to normal for next weekend.


Look at the 6-10 & 8-14 day outlooks from the Climate Prediction Center at NOAA:

Keep in mind, that the normal high temperature for today is 64 and drops to 59 by November 1st.  That means that on November 1st, if the low is 41 (normal is 40) and the high is 60 (normal is 59), that would mean it was an above normal day.

(below is the 6-10 day outlook, Oct 24-28)



(below is the 8-14 day outlook, Oct 26-Nov 1)


Wild to think, but this really could be our very last taste of late Summer temps for the rest of 2016.   Hope you all were able to enjoy it!


If you ever have questions about record temps, climate data, or any other weather stuff, send me an email:  dmazza@wcmh.com

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