Halloween brought chills and thrills to Ardmore this year, but mostly the former.
Rainy, cold weather put a damper on the festivities though several events, like the Trick or Treating in downtown Ardmore and the Parks and Recreation Department’s Dead Acres attraction all continued without interruption.
The cold weather may have seemed out of place, but it’s nothing new for Carter County in October. However, the area experienced an unusual amount of rain this month.
Ryan Barnes, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Norman, said according to data from the Healdton area from the last 30 years, this October was slightly cooler than average, with a mean maximum temperature of 71.4.
Even more unusual was the rainfall average. The overall average rainfall for October is 3.43 inches, and this year’s total came to 11.63 inches, the third highest rainfall total in 30 years.
“We kept seeing lots of moisture in the atmosphere as well as several storm systems in the southern plains,” Barnes said.
Barnes said it’s not easy to tell what impact the unusual weather will have on the rest of fall.
“Based on projected El Nino conditions, that tends to result in slightly above average precipitations,” Barnes said. “The temperature is another story. It’s hard to tell now if the temperature is going to be colder.”