Across Connecticut this past month was the warmest October on record. In the Hartford area the average October temperature was 59.9F which beats the old record of 59.7F set back in 2007. In Bridgeport the old record of 61.4 degrees best beat by nearly a full degree with 62.3 degrees!
October was also an awfully wet month. Finally! After drought conditions started to creep back from a dry end of summer and beginning of fall we made up for that in a big way. Volunteer CoCoRaHS observers recorded more than 10" of rain in three towns - Prospect, Monroe, and North Granby. In my backyard in West Hartford we received 9.31" of rain this month!
Looking forward, we finally do see some cooler weather ahead. While the Climate Prediction Center outlook for the month shows above average temperatures being the most probable scenario it's not a particularly strong signal. In fact, we can't totally rule out a bit of minor mixed wintry precipitation next week as colder air scoots down from the north and moisture lurks nearby.
Getting anything to accumulate seems exceptionally unlikely but it is a sign of the season for sure.