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10:06 PM Tue, Oct. 23rd

October was dry, warm enough for records

October was unusually warm and dry throughout northern Arizona.

Temperatures were above normal on nearly every day of the month, with no strong fronts moving through, the National Weather Service reported. That produced some records.

The only precipitation for the month fell on Oct. 8-10 when tropical moisture associated with a decaying hurricane moved northward into the region, the Weather Service said.

That produced a severe thunderstorm that dropped golf ball sized hail on Chino Valley and damaged some vehicles, the Weather Service reported.

Prescott recorded only 0.03 inches of rain in October compared to the 116-year-old average of 1.08 inches. That was one of the lowest monthly rainfall totals in northern Arizona.

Other October rainfall totals across Yavapai County included 0.14 inches at the Prescott airport, 0.16 at Seligman, 0.25 inches at Bagdad, 0.37 at Clarkdale, 0.45 at Chino Valley, 0.68 at Jerome and 0.75 at the lowest spot, Castle Hot Springs.

October also was the seventh-warmest October on record for Prescott and Seligman (with records dating back to 1904), along with the eighth warmest in Cottonwood (since 1920).

The average high temperature at Prescott's official Sundog Weather Service measuring site

was 76 degrees compared to the long-term average of 72.1, while the average low was 42.4 degrees compared to the long-term average of 37.3.