Weather Summary for October 2002
Updated: November 4th, 2002.

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Wet start, then mostly warm and fairly dry

Kyle produced half of the month's rain during the first few days. Thereafter rainfall amounts were quite low, although the number of 'raindays' was above normal. Sunshine totals were normal, but the average maximum temperature was well above normal.

With TS Kyle lingering around 200nm south of the Island, interacting with an old cold front to our north, the 1st was cloudy with periods of rain and drizzle and strong northeasterly winds. By evening, the weather gradually improved, with intermittent showers, clearing overnight, and winds decreasing light to moderate. The 2nd was mostly sunny, but by evening a rain band from Kyle passed through from the south, giving a period of squally showers and rain. Partly sunny and dry weather continued on the 3rd. With Kyle now drifting to our southwest, lines of heavy, squally showers and isolated thunderstorms crossed the Island from the west during the morning of the 4th, tapering off to light rain in the afternoon.

By the 5th, Kyle, now downgraded to a tropical depression, was drifting around some 300 nm. to our west, allowing Bermuda to have a mostly sunny weekend, with just a few isolated showers on the Saturday morning and overnight. The 7th saw Kyle moving away more definitely, on a southwestwards track, and Bermuda saw the approach of an upper low circulation from the east, bringing scattered showers and moderate winds out of the northeast. Winds decreased to light on the 8th and 9th with mainly sunny skies and a few light showers here and there. The trailing edge of a weakening cold front brought scattered shower activity on the 9th, although there were still sunny periods. Mostly sunny weather continued on the 10th and 11th, with light winds out of the east, and a few showers here and there.

By Saturday, 12th, Kyle, now tracking northeast along the Carolinas' coast, combined with an approaching frontal trough, produced an increasing southwesterly gradient over Bermuda. The weather remained sunny during the day, but there was a period of shower activity in the early hours of Sunday morning. Thereafter Sunday was mostly sunny and breezy, with further showers, locally heavy, with the frontal passage, overnight.

Mostly sunny weather continued on the 14th, with fresh to strong west to northwest winds, gradually decreasing later in the day. Further showers broke out early on the 15th as a frontal zone gradually developed close to the Island. The weather improved during the morning, although fresh to strong north to northeasterly winds persisted, decreasing during the day and veering southerly overnight.

A vigorous low tracked up the US east coast on the 16th, with southwesterly winds and cloud increasing as the associated front, moved in from the west. There were scattered showers early on, and again, during in the evening, with periods of hazy sun during the day. An area of low pressure to our southwest, including the remnants of TD#14, stalled the front's eastward progress, allowing sunny periods, and a daily high record of 85F, with just a few scattered showers on the 17th. By the 18th, bands of squally showers crossed the Island during the day, clearing during the evening with the frontal passage. Winds switched to strong northerly, moderating by Saturday, 19th morning, as high pressure began to build in, giving a mainly sunny weekend.

Winds increased from the south overnight Sunday to become fresh to strong on the 21st. A area of rain and showers moved in from the west in the afternoon, clearing later in the evening. A further line of thundery showers crossed the Island early morning of the 22nd. Winds decreased to light & variable for a time, increasing moderate westerly during the morning with long sunny periods for the rest of the day. Further morning showers on the 23rd, associated with a weak front passing through from the north gave way, again, to sunny periods and isolated showers in the afternoon.

A further cold front heralded a change to somewhat cooler weather, with more in the way of showers on the morning of the 24th, with fresh to strong northeasterly winds. Sunny periods developed in the afternoon but with the frontal zone just to the south the night was cloudy and cool with intermittent light rain and winds increasing to gale force at times at North Rock, with gusts up to 42 kt., early on the 25th. Winds decreased to moderate during the day, although the weather remained mostly cloudy. The easterly to southeast wind increased to strong again by morning of Saturday the 26th with light rain for much of the day in association with a warm front crossing the Island. A cold front crossed later in the night with a few showers and winds veering strong northwesterly. Strong to near gale winds persisted through Sunday 27th, but the weather was dry with sunny periods. The 28th was mostly sunny, with winds decreasing to light by evening as a ridge of high pressure moved in. The 29th started bright with light winds, increasing fresh to strong from the southwest by evening, as thicker cloud and scattered showers moved in from the west, in association with a frontal disturbance. The showers cleared during the 30th morning to give a mainly sunny afternoon with fresh westerly wind. Cloud increased again during the evening ahead of another disturbance moving in from the west, with squally showers later in the night. A further band of showers on the cold front, cleared through on the morning of the 31st to give a mostly sunny but very breezy afternoon, with the westerly wind at North Rock touching gale force for a time, and a peak gust of 43 kt.

Tables
 

TEMPERATURE
 FAHRENHEITCELSIUSDATE
Mean Maximum82.6 (+2.4) 28.1 
Mean Minimum72.8 (-0.4)22.7 
Mean Monthly77.0 (+0.8)25 
Absolute Maximum85.329.62nd, 11th
Absolute Minimum66.219.025th

RELATIVE HUMIDITY
 PERCENTDATE
Mean Daily Maximum90 
Mean Daily Minimum70 
Mean Monthly79.9 
Absolute Maximum1001st
Absolute Minimum5328th

RAINFALL
 INCHES
Number of Rain Days20 (+4)

PRECIPITATION (Inches)
(TRACE IS NOT INCLUDED IN TOTALS)

DAYAMOUNTDAYAMOUNT
1st1.3117th0.06
2nd0.8818th0.15
3rd0.0019th0.00
4th0.4920th0.00
5th0.0321st0.05
6th0.0022nd0.02
7th0.0023rd0.00
8th0.0024th0.27
9th0.0025th0.02
10th0.0526th0.12
11th0.0027th0.00
12th0.1428th0.00
13th0.3329th0.02
14th0.0130th0.10
15th0.0831st0.36
16th0.04  
  TOTAL:4.53 (-1.72)

    

SEA TEMPERATURE
 FAHRENHEITCELSIUSDATE
Maximum81.427.41st
Minimum75.424.130th
Mean79.426.3 

BAROMETRIC PRESSURE
 INCHEShPaDATE
Maximum30.191023.525th
Minimum29.741008.131st
Mean30.031017.8 

PEAK WIND
  DATE
Max Gust (Kts)4030th
Degrees True060

MAXIMUM MEAN WIND (2 min.)
  DATE
Max Mean (Kts)3018th
Degrees True280

MONTHLY MEAN WIND (2 min.)
  DATE
Speed (Kts)2921st
Degrees True210

DAYS WITH THUNDER
4th, 22nd

SUNSHINE DURATION (Hours)
  DATE
Maximum10.38th, 9th
Minimum0.026th
Mean6.8 
Total212.3 

 
Departures from 1971-2000 normals are shown in parentheses (Max/Min temperature/rainfall/raindays).

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Data Source: The Bermuda Weather Service