October 2015 U.S. Climate Report

October 2015 U.S. Divisional Average Temperature Ranks Map

The October contiguous U.S. average temperature was 57.4°F, 3.3°F above the 20th century average, and the warmest October since 1963. Record and near-record warmth spanned the western half of the country.

The October precipitation total for the contiguous U.S. was 2.75 inches, 0.59 inch above average and the 20th wettest on record. Near-record precipitation was observed in parts of the Southwest, Southern Plains, and Southeast. Historic flooding was observed across parts of the Carolinas in early October when tropical moisture associated with Hurricane Joaquin inundated the region.

This monthly summary from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides to government, business, academia, and the public to support informed decision making.

For extended analysis of regional temperature and precipitation patterns, as well as extreme events, please see our full report that will be released on November 12, 2015.