April is the month best known for showers, but October could make the same claim based on recent weather activity in Mount Airy.
It was drenched by 5.68 inches of rain last month, according to a statistical report from F.G. Doggett Water Plant, the city’s official weather-monitoring station.
October’s total easily eclipsed the local average for the tenth month of the year, 3.46 inches, and also surpassed that of April, when Mount Airy received 5.46 inches.
The city had measurable rainfall on 12 days last month, including a 1.76-inch deluge logged for a single day, Oct. 28.
One doesn’t need a report to know that all this has been part of a wetter-than-usual trend, which has resulted in Mount Airy’s precipitation being 14.6 percent above normal for the first 10 months of the year.
As of Oct. 31, 44.72 inches had fallen here, 5.7 inches above the local average for that period of 39.02 inches.
Last month also was cooler than usual, with the mercury averaging 57.5 degrees, compared to the October average for Mount Airy of 58.8 degrees.
A chilly 27-degree reading noted for Oct. 20 took honors as the low temperature for the month, which also had three days with frost.
At the other end of the spectrum, the daily high of 83 degrees logged for Oct. 1 was the high for the month.