Overall Denver’s October 2013 was not particularly noteworthy in any respect with a lack of weather drama. The month was however quite a bit colder than normal and the first snow of the season was recorded.
We started the first two days of the month with temperatures in the 70s. That was followed by a cold front moving through and delivering a trace of snow at the official measuring station at Denver International Airport. Many other locations in town however saw an inch or so.
We then saw five days of dry conditions with temperatures warming back up into the 70s. On the 10th the next system arrived and rain was recorded on the 10th, 11th and 14th.
On the 18th another shot winter-like weather arrived and Denver recorded its first measurable snow of the season: 1.4 inches.
The next nine days from the 19th to the 27th were largely pleasant days but with light rain the 20th. On the 28th another cold front and storm system moved in and chilly temperatures returned. Denver recorded a trace of snow of the 28th.
Overall temperatures for the month averaged 47.7 degrees as measured officially at DIA. This was considerably cooler than the historical October average temperature of 50.9 degrees.
Temperatures ranged from a high of 79 degrees on the 8th down to a low of 27 degrees on the 5th and 16th.
One temperature record was set in Denver during the month. On October 5 the low temperature reading of 28 degrees tied the record low for the date last set in 1877.
In terms of precipitation, Denver recorded only 0.72 inches. Historically the Mile High City averages 1.02 inches so this was a good bit short of normal.
With only small snowfalls recorded, it wasn’t a particularly white month. Denver recorded 1.4 inches, well short of the historical October average of 4.0 inches.