|Still green trees Oct 8|
Some parts of the city had a very late first freeze of the season this year. Here in south St Vital we froze on October 6 for the first time this season. However, at The Forks the first freeze did not occur until October 20 with a low of -1.6°C.
An impressive Colorado Low brought the most interesting weather of the month to southern Manitoba on October 11. Widespread thunderstorms brought torrential rains to southwestern Manitoba. A swath of 40-60 mm of rain fell from Wasagaming to Deloraine. Brandon recorded a daily total of 43.4 mm, the second highest daily rainfall total in October in the city since 1890. The greatest daily rainfall in Brandon was 47.0 mm on Oct 5, 1937. The monthly rainfall total ended up being 48.6 mm, the 11th rainiest October on record since 1890.
This was in sharp contrast to Winnipeg, which received a measly 9.5 mm of rainfall, the 29th least rainy October. However even more impressive is that we only received 9.5 mm of precipitation (melted snow and rain combined), making October 2013 the 12th driest October on record in Winnipeg.
Other that that, the month was fairly uneventful. The only other major event was snow squalls off Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipeg around October 21-22. Localized amounts of 20-30 cm fell in the Gimli area.
***Note: Winnipeg precip/rain total was based on a mixture of data from the Winnipeg Richardson AWOS and the 'A CS' station. This is because the official station transitioned to the 'A CS' station on October 3.***