October's chill, aided by some strong cold fronts, reached record lows for parts of central Appalachia, the National Weather Service reported yesterday.
The Weather Service said October 1987 was the coldest on record for Bristol, Tenn., and Elkins, W.Va., and the second-coldest on record for Roanoke and Charleston, W.Va.
October tied for the third-coldest month on record for Huntington and Beckley in West Virginia.
Statistics on actual average temperatures for October at each site were not yet available, said climatologist Ken Batty in Charleston. However, at 9:30 p.m. on the last day of the month, he said, he had a good idea what those figures would be.
"We had a lot of cold mornings. In Charleston, for instance, the past four autumns, we had to wait until November before we even saw 32 degrees. This October we had several temperatures at 32."
In Bristol, the previous October average was set in 1976 at 51.6 degrees. Batty said this year's October average probably will be below 51.
In Elkins, where the previous low October average was 46 in 1952, this year's October average looked to be "between 46 and 45 degrees," Batty said. The Weather Service has been keeping records there since the 1800s.
In Charleston, where October 1976 was a record low 49.5, Batty said, this year's average October temperature will be about 50.