PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN ANGELO TX
644 PM CST FRI NOV 1 2002

...SIXTH COOLEST OCTOBER ON RECORD FOR ABILENE...
...COOL AND WET CONDITIONS PREVAILED IN OCTOBER...

AT ABILENE REGIONAL AIRPORT...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR 
OCTOBER WAS 60.9 DEGREES. THIS WAS 5.1 DEGREES BELOW THE 
NORMAL AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 66.0 DEGREES. THIS RANKS AS
THE SIXTH COOLEST OCTOBER ON RECORD. TOTAL PRECIPITATION 
FOR ABILENE IN OCTOBER WAS 4.37 INCHES. THIS WAS 1.47 INCHES 
ABOVE THE MONTHLY NORMAL OF 2.90 INCHES.   

AT SAN ANGELO REGIONAL AIRPORT...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR 
OCTOBER WAS 63.3 DEGREES. THIS WAS 2.1 DEGREES BELOW THE 
NORMAL AVERAGE TEMPERATURE OF 65.4 DEGREES. THIS TIES FOR 
THE 13TH COOLEST OCTOBER ON RECORD. TOTAL PRECIPITATION 
FOR SAN ANGELO IN OCTOBER WAS 4.06 INCHES. THIS WAS 1.49 
INCHES ABOVE THE MONTHLY NORMAL OF 2.57 INCHES.  


OCTOBER 2002 WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS...

A PERIOD OF HOT WEATHER AND ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES EARLY
IN THE MONTH WAS BROUGHT TO AN ABRUPT END BY THE 7TH...AS A 
STRONG COLD FRONT MOVED SOUTH ACROSS WEST CENTRAL TEXAS. 
A COUPLE OF SEVERE STORMS ON THE EVENING OF THE 6TH BROUGHT
DIME TO GOLFBALL SIZE HAIL TO TAYLOR COUNTY. 

A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN THE OVERALL WEATHER PATTERN  
OCCURRED EARLY IN THE MONTH...AND THIS HAD A PREVAILING 
EFFECT ON THE AREA WEATHER THROUGH THE REST OF OCTOBER. 

NUMEROUS STORM SYSTEMS MOVED FROM THE SOUTHWESTERN STATES
INTO THE SOUTHERN PLAINS AND TEXAS...AND INTERACTED WITH A 
PERSISTENTLY MOIST AIRMASS OVER THE REGION. THIS BROUGHT 
NUMEROUS ROUNDS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WITH HEAVY 
RAINFALL. THE RAINFALL COVERAGE WAS GENERALLY WIDESPREAD. 
ABILENE...SAN ANGELO AND JUNCTION ALL RECORDED OVER 4 
INCHES OF RAIN FOR OCTOBER. 

THE HEAVIEST RAINFALL AND FLOODING PROBLEMS OCCURRED IN 
SOUTHERN SECTIONS OF WEST CENTRAL TEXAS. FLASH FLOODING OF 
ROADS OCCURRED IN THE NORTHERN EDWARDS PLATEAU ON THE 
MORNING OF THE 8TH. ROAD FLOODING ALSO OCCURRED ON THE 
22ND AND 23RD IN KIMBLE...CROCKETT AND IRION COUNTIES. 
FLASH FLOODING OF ROADS OCCURRED IN KIMBLE AND SUTTON 
COUNTIES ON THE 23RD AND 24TH. RIVER RISES AND SOME MINOR 
RIVER FLOODING ALSO OCCURRED ON PARTS OF THE SOUTH LLANO 
AND SAN SABA RIVERS...AND ALONG THE ELM CREEK AT BALLINGER.  

THE PERSISTENT MOISTURE RESULTED IN CLOUDY SKIES ON 
NUMEROUS DAYS DURING THE MONTH. THIS HELPED TO KEEP 
DAYTIME TEMPERATURES BELOW NORMAL. THE PASSAGE OF SEVERAL 
COLD FRONTS HELPED TO REINFORCE THE COOL AIR OVER THE
REGION. A REPEATING PATTERN OF CLOUDY SKIES...FOG AND 
DRIZZLE ALONG WITH CHILLY TEMPERATURES OCCURRED ON THE 
DAYS AFTER THE FRONTAL PASSAGES.

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