Warm Start to October

So long to September and hello to October.  One of our traditionally uneventful weather months is off to a warm start.  Yesterday the high reached 83° and today 81° was the high. Clouds kept the temperatures down a couple degrees today, but more sunshine is expected tomorrow with that more warm air is on the way this week.


This day has it’s own place in history.  In 1984 on this date the temperature dropped to 32°, that coldest it’s ever been on the day.  It is also the date of the earliest freeze in Nashville.


The rest of this week will be warm, warmer than the average high of 76°. No rain is expected through Friday.


Today marks the 11th day with no measurable rainfall at Nashville International. October does tend to be one of our drier months.  There are no drought issues in our area.  For the year in Nashville, there is a 4.56″ surplus.


I’ll have a update on News 4 at 10pm.

Lisa Spencer


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Lisa Spencer is the chief meteorologist at WSMV Channel 4 Nashville. You can catch her weathercasts weekdays at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 6:30pm and 10pm.
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3 Responses to Warm Start to October

  1. Fred says:

    Hard to disagree, as October is, probably, the least eventful month in Nashville for a meteorologist. It is, after all, the driest month (both in the amount and the frequency of precipitation), and there’s a pronounced lack of thunderstorms and tornadoes. All of that, however, makes it the best month to enjoy the outdoors. Ironically, October 1984 broke that mold as after the earliest freeze on record, the rest of the month experienced unusual warmth, ending up the 7th-warmest at the time (last October bumped it off to the 8th place). But it wasn’t the kind of warmth most folks would appreciate, featuring much rainfall, uncomfortable humidity and lack of sunshine. Until 2002 it held the dubious distinction of the cloudiest October ever (actually, not sure if the comparison is valid, due to the change in how cloudiness has been measured since 1996) and to this day, it’s, officially, the least sunny October with only 34% of available sunshine (normal is about 64%). Ah, Nashville weather, it can be, and often is, maddeningly inconsistent.

  2. Lisa Spencer says:

    Thanks for Fred. I always enjoy reading your comments. Have a great weekend.

  3. Fred says:

    I’m honored to hear that, Lisa. I’ve had a pleasant enough weekend, despite the rather dour weather. Hope, you enjoyed yours!

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