Record low rainfall & temps in NENW in October: BoMBy Catherine Clifford, Monday November 19, 2012 - 15:26 EDT
The Bureau of Meteorology says last month proved to be one of the coldest and driest Octobers on record in the New England North West.
The dubious honour of record lowest October rainfall went to Gunnedah, where just 3.4mm was recorded for the month.
Gunnedah's previous driest October was in 1957, when 3.8mm fell.
Nowendoc recorded 16mm during the month, its driest October since 1988.
On the temperature front, the Bureau says Tenterfield had its lowest October minimum temperature of 5.8 degrees Celsius, a touch below the previous lowest minimum, of 5.9 degrees, recorded in 1944.
Barraba was lower still, at 5.4 degrees Celsius, a good half-a-degree below its previous coolest morning of 5.9 degrees Celsius, recorded in 1968.
Not to be outdone on the high side, Mungindi recorded one of the state's average warmest Octobers, averaging 31.2 degrees Celsius across the month.
© ABC 2012
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