RARE LATE OCTOBER WARMTH
The chill is gone! After a foggy start, Thursday warmed to early September levels and topped 80-degrees in most locations under mostly sunny skies. The preliminary high of 81-degrees in Indianapolis was 18-degrees above normal and the normal high for September 9.
It wasn’t a record setting high for the date, but after checking weather records, we found some interesting statistics. This is rare air for late October. It is the warmest afternoon this late in an October in five years and only the 17th year that the temperature reached 80° or warmer this late in the year.
For the date, the record is 85-degrees set in 1946, but this is only the seventh time this date has reached 80° or higher.
We average no 80-degree days from October 22 to the end of the year. The latest 80° day high came November 1, 1950 with a record temperature for the date of 81°