Warm and dry October in the Almanor Basin

By Dale Knutsen

Lake Almanor contributor

The Lake Almanor basin was considerably warmer than usual during October, with high temperatures running more than 8 degrees above the long-term average.  Morning lows ended up within half a degree of the norm, leading to some wide differences between those daily lows and highs.  The typical October day had more than a 40 degree spread in temperatures, with two days producing a 50 degree spread.

There’s not much to say about precipitation in October.  Our July-June season total as of Halloween stood at 1.88 inches, or 62 percent of the long-term average for that date.  However, November is looking promising.  We’ll keep our fingers crossed.