“If October is mild, the winter will be wild”
“All that glitters is not gold
Often you have heard that told . . . .
Fare you well, your suit is cold
Cold indeed; and labor lost;
Then, farewell heat; and welcome frost.”
-Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice
3 – 1987: Earliest heavy snowfall on modern record; Rutland 14 inches, Pownal 18 inches.
11 – 1949: Montperlier reached 83 degrees, and Burlington 85 degrees, part of 3 days in the 80s.
13 – 1934: Snow blanketed the Northeast Kingdom and northern New Hampshire. York Pond, NH – 13 inches, Bloomfield, VT – 8.2 inches.
19 – 1947: Fourth day in a row with temperatures in the 80s; the following winter was cold and snowy.
25 – 1991: Indian Summer from the 22nd to the 26th, including 75 degrees in St. Johnsbury, and 76 degrees in Enosburg Falls.
28 – 1965: Winter weather arrived early, with Enosburg Falls shoveling 7 inches of snow, First Connecticut Lake, NH woke up to 7.3 inches, while 16 inches whitened the Presidential Range of the White Mountains.
29 – 1952: “Early winter is surely winter”; Bloomfield, VT 11.5 inches of snow.
October Records and Averages
Warmest: 54.2°F in 1971 Coldest: 39.1°F in 1925
Wettest: 8.60 inches in 2005 Driest: 0.29 inches in 1924
October is the heart and soul of Autumn. All those sights and sounds, tastes and traditions that say “Fall” is found among the decreasing daylight, the cloudier skies, and the more frequent frosty mornings. The polar regions are cooling, and as that cold expands, the storm track shifts south. But the warm ocean waters still favor fair-weather high pressure systems building off the coast, sending the spells of Indian Summer warmth and haze, a pause to catch our breath before the inevitable push of cold takes its next swipe at us. The gusty winds are filled with cascading gold from the trees, the sound of geese, and hawks on the wing. Snow often frosts the mountains, and occasionally teases the skiers, and prompts the rest of us to finish those fall chores.