Posted by: senorwx | November 1, 2007

October 2007 Summary – Tropical Storm Kiko

Seems like we got the much-welcomed change in our conditions during the course of the month, with a few notable highlights.

Tropical Storm Kiko was the big attraction of the month, hovering off the coast far South of us, but not giving much of a hint of where it was headed. The good news is that Kiko decided to head West and the most we noticed was some light rain and wind activity.

The National Hurricane Center offers this in their October summary:

FOR THE EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC…EAST OF 140 DEGREES WEST LONGITUDE..
ONLY ONE TROPICAL STORM…KIKO…FORMED IN THE EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC DURING THE MONTH OF OCTOBER. THIS IS BELOW THE CLIMATOLOGICAL MEAN OF TWO TROPICAL STORMS DEVELOPING DURING THE MONTH OF OCTOBER…WITH ONE BECOMING A HURRICANE. SO FAR…2007 IS THE SECOND QUIETEST SEASON (BASED ON RELIABLE RECORDS SINCE 1971) BEHIND 1977 IN TERMS OF ACE…ACCUMULATED CYCLONE ENERGY…WHICH IS A MEASURE OF THE STRENGTH AND DURATION OF NAMED STORMS AND HURRICANES. JULIETTE…A SEPTEMBER TROPICAL STORM…DISSIPATED EARLY IN OCTOBER.

Second quietest storm season. That sounds good, doesn’t it? For more on Kiko, check the October Tropical Weather Summary from the National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/archive/2007/tws/MIATWSEP_oct.shtml?

October had an average humidity of 81%, but certainly that dropped off during the final days of the month. Average temperature was 80 F/27 C.

High temperature for the month was 96 F/35 C on October 24th, the low on October 28th gave us a chilly morning start at 62 F/16 C. But it was a pleasant relief.

The rainiest day? October 3rd with more than 1/2 inch. At one point in that brief storm, the rainfall rate reached more than 8 inches an hour! But that rate was momentary and the storm wasn’t much longer. The total rain for October was about an inch. So I presume, newcomer that I am, we have reached the end of the rainy season for the year.

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