From 97 to 35 degrees, October was wet & wild

Posted at 5:14 PM, Nov 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 18:14:24-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — October started with a record breaking heat wave and rapidly expanding flash drought conditions across Tennessee and Kentucky. October ended with a bitter cold snap and nearly twice as much rain as we normally see in October.

The month started at a sweltering 97 degrees and by midnight last night it was a frosty 35.

October is typically our driest month of the year. This October we put down 6.46" of rain, which is nearly twice as much as we normally see (3.04").

This dramatic turn in rainfall totals did a world of good to the flash drought that developed in September. The change from October 1st to October 31st in drought conditions was dramatic. While some areas of Tennessee and Kentucky remain in abnormally dry to severe drought conditions the wet turn October took has us moving in the right direction.