PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN ANGELO TX
455 PM CST SUN NOV 1 1998

...OCTOBER WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS FOR WEST CENTRAL TEXAS...

A STRONG COLD FRONT WHICH PASSED THROUGH THE REGION ON OCTOBER 5 FINALLY 
BROUGHT AN END TO THE HOT SPELL THAT DOMINATED WEST CENTRAL TEXAS FOR MOST OF 
THE PERIOD FROM THE LATE SPRING THROUGH THE EARLY FALL. MOST OF OCTOBER WAS DRY 
WITH ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES...BUT A WIDESPREAD HEAVY RAIN EVENT ON THE 
EVENING OF HALLOWEEN BROUGHT MONTHLY RAIN TOTALS CLOSER TO NORMAL LEVELS.  

AT SAN ANGELO REGIONAL AIRPORT/MATHIS FIELD...THE MONTHLY MEAN TEMPERATURE FOR 
OCTOBER WAS 67.9 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 1.7 DEGREES ABOVE THE AVERAGE MEAN OCTOBER 
TEMPERATURE OF 66.2 DEGREES. AT ABILENE REGIONAL AIRPORT...THE MONTHLY MEAN 
TEMPERATURE FOR SEPTEMBER WAS 69.4 DEGREES...WHICH WAS 3.0 DEGREES ABOVE THE 
AVERAGE MEAN OCTOBER TEMPERATURE OF 66.4 DEGREES. NO DAILY RECORD HIGHS OR LOWS 
WERE SET OR TIED IN ABILENE OR SAN ANGELO THROUGHOUT THE MONTH.

THE WESTERN HALF OF WEST CENTRAL TEXAS RECEIVED NEAR NORMAL RAINFALL FOR THE 
MONTH OF OCTOBER...WHILE THE EASTERN HALF OF THE REGION RECEIVED BELOW NORMAL 
RAINFALL BUT RAINFALL DEFICITS WERE NOT AS EXTREME COMPARED TO SEPTEMBER. 
ABILENE RECEIVED 1.52 INCHES OF RAINFALL IN OCTOBER...COMPARED TO THE NORMAL 
OCTOBER RAINFALL OF 2.51 INCHES. THIS IS THE SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH THAT 
ABILENE REGIONAL AIRPORT RECEIVED BELOW NORMAL AMOUNTS OF RAIN. SAN ANGELO 
RECEIVED 2.39 INCHES OF RAINFALL...NEARLY EQUAL TO THE NORMAL OCTOBER RAINFALL 
OF 2.40 INCHES. 

ONLY A FEW SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL EVENTS OCCURRED IN OCTOBER. ON THE 5TH... 
THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPED IN THE SOUTHEAST HALF OF THE REGION ALONG A COLD FRONT. 
THE HEAVIEST RAINFALL WAS REPORTED OVER THE HEARTLAND AND NORTHWEST HILL 
COUNTRY...WITH SEVERAL LOCATIONS RECEIVING 1 TO 3 INCHES. A LONG PERIOD OF DRY 
WEATHER WAS ONLY BROKEN DURING THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH...WHEN LIGHT RAINS 
TOTALING LESS THAN AN INCH FELL OVER THE REGION BETWEEN THE 16TH AND THE 21ST. 
FINALLY...ON THE EVENING OF THE 31ST...A STRONG UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM AND A 
COLD FRONT PASSED ACROSS THE REGION FROM WEST TO EAST...PRODUCING HEAVY RAIN 
AND THUNDERSTORMS OVER ALL OF WEST CENTRAL TEXAS...WITH RAINFALL TOTALS 
GENERALLY RANGING FROM 1-2 INCHES. THIS EVENT CARRIED INTO THE EARLY HOURS OF 
NOVEMBER 1 FOR CENTRAL AND EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE REGION. 

SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS COINCIDED WITH THE DAYS OF HEAVY RAIN. DURING THE 
AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING OF THE 5TH...HAIL RANGING FROM THE SIZE OF NICKELS 
TO GOLFBALLS FELL AROUND SAN ANGELO... BALLINGER...AND OVER SOUTHERN CROCKETT 
COUNTY. THE LARGEST HAIL...UP TO BASEBALL SIZE...WAS REPORTED IN ROWENA. 
ISOLATED WIND GUSTS OF 60 TO 70 MPH WERE ALSO REPORTED IN PORTIONS OF CROCKETT 
AND RUNNELS COUNTIES FROM THESE STORMS. ON THE EVENING OF THE 31ST...HIGH WINDS 
DOWNED LARGE TREE LIMBS OVER PORTIONS OF CROCKETT...SCHLEICHER...AND RUNNELS 
COUNTIES...WHILE GOLFBALL SIZE HAIL WAS REPORTED IN SOUTHERN MITCHELL COUNTY. 
NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED WITH ANY OF THESE SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS. 

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