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October in Casper hotter, wetter than average this year, says NWS

Fall leaves and snow pile on a vehicle in central Casper on Oct. 12, 2021. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Natrona County, alongside much of the rest of Wyoming, had a hotter and wetter October this year, according to data released by the National Weather Service.

“Multiple wet autumn storms brought mountain snow and abundant low elevation snow/rain, especially east of the Continental Divide,” they said on Monday night. “Several locations saw a top 5 wettest October.”

Casper’s precipitation for the month was 2.69″, some 226 percent higher than average, making October of 2021 the fourth wettest on record.

Precipitation rankings for Casper, Riverton, and Worland were the fourth wettest on record, and Lander’s was the third wettest, said the NWS.

For this October, Casper’s average temperature was 47.3 degrees, which is two degrees higher than average.

Cheyenne recorded unusually warmer temperatures as well, but with less moisture, said the NWS.

The average temperature in Cheyenne was 2.7 degrees higher than normal, with the warmest day falling on October 5 at 79 degrees.

Cheyenne’s precipitation total for this October was 0.21″ below normal, said the NWS.