Even though a few showers fell on Thursday, rainfall totals around the tri-state area were anemic for the month of October, leading to new entries in the recordbooks. Forecasters are hoping November can provide a wetter stretch to avoid a serious drought.
The mecca of local climate sites, Central Park, reported 0.36" of rain for October 2013. This was a five minute shower away from being on the top ten list for driest months on record. For driest Octobers ever, it placed at number 3, drier than October 1979. It was the driest month since 0.48" fell in September 2005.
At MacArthur Airport, the rainfall total for October 2013 was 0.22" and was unofficially the second driest month on record behind October 2000 (0.18" rain). Recordbooks for ISP go back to 1984.
Lack of recent rainfall, even beyond this past month, resulted in the region placed in a moderate drought, according to the Drought Monitor.
Friday's rainfall didn't crunch the numbers too well, nor did it bust the drought. But every drop counts as winter looms. After Friday's rain, the next chance for any precipitation comes next week.
Highs may hit 70 on Friday as a cold front comes through along with the rain and wind. Saturday looks like a nice day with highs in the 60s and a mix of sun and clouds. Temperatures cool off significantly on Sunday as highs may barely reach the 50s.