Most of the Geelong urban area enjoyed average to above average rain in October. On the Bellarine Peninsula however totals were generally 10% below average, but in the Moorabool and Otways catchments generally the situation was reversed with above average results. Rain in Geelong varied from over 70 mm in the southern and southwestern suburbs to little over 40 mm in eastern suburbs, and fell on 18 days.
The Otways catchment is now over 91% of capacity.
And now for a few items of interest:
AVERAGE OCTOBER RAINFALL: 54.7 mm
THE WETTEST OCTOBER: 1949 (163.5 mm)
THE DRIEST OCTOBER: 1967 (5.5 mm)
WETTEST OCTOBER DAY: 24th Oct 2000 (68 mm in 24 hour period)
October in Geelong was 0.3 degree C warmer than the long-term average for 1903-2012. Daily minimums averaged 9.0C (average 8.3) and maximums averaged 19.0C (average 19.1). Therefore the mean temperature for October 2013 was 14.0 degrees C. Average is 13.7C. The hottest day was the 20th when the mercury touched 31.7C and the lowest overnight temperature of 4.7C occurred on the 4th. An interesting fact is that the average minimum (9.0C) was the same as that for September which is normally a colder month.
Some items from the forthcoming Geelong Weather Almanac:
THE WARMEST OCTOBER: 1940 (mean temperature was 15.9 deg)
COLDEST OCTOBER: 1946 (mean temp was 11.3 deg)
WARMEST OCTOBER DAY: 12th Oct 2006 (maximum 37.1 deg)
COLDEST OCTOBER DAY: 1st Oct 1957 (maximum 10.5 deg)
WARMEST OCTOBER NIGHT: 23rd Oct 1933 (minimum 22.3 deg)
COLDEST OCTOBER NIGHT: 8th Oct 1917 (minimum -0.6 deg)
MOST FROSTS IN OCTOBER: 4 in 1970 (average 1 in 5 years)
It was a windy October with 6 days on which gusts exceeded 60 kph. On 3 days winds gusted at 80 kph at Breakwater, and there was a small amount of structural and vegetation damage across the city. Small hail occurred in wintry conditions in some suburbs on the 1st and the 18th.