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“Autumn leaves, against my window.” The lyrics from this old song define autumn. Many think October is the most beautiful month in Tennessee and it’s all about colorful leaves, sunshine, and blue skies.
Mother Nature continues to smile on us and the last three months have been one of the prettiest stretches of weather I can remember in my 66 years. It started with a cooler than normal August with little rainfall and the dry and sunny weather continued right through October.
Our friends at Big Creek Utility District’s dam in Coalmont report just 1.49 inches of October rainfall. The high temperature for the month was 80 degrees on October 5 and the low for October was 21 degrees on October 25 and 26. That was when old man White killed old man Green and wiped out the flowers and tomatoes.
Big Creek had a Halloween high of 64 degrees and low of 47 with 0.37 inches of rain. Twelve days in October had highs in the 70’s, eleven days in the 60’s, five days in the 50’s, and two days with “put on the toboggan” highs in the 40’s.
Does a cold morning make you feel alive and put some spring in your step? If so, Grundy County is your kind of place. October had eight mornings in the 50’s, fifteen mornings with 40’s for lows, five mornings it dipped into the 30’s and the bottom fell out on three mornings with lows in the 20’s. Pelham had a 34 degree low on October 20.
Here in Palmer we had 1.5 inches of October rainfall. Halloween dry and windy during the day with 0.4 inches of rain that night but most of it held off until the trick or treaters made their rounds. However, high winds Halloween night uprooted or blew the tops out of several trees. Brian Coutu lives in the old two-story Palmer Restaurant building near the bridge and a tree damaged the big brick chimney there.
This weather report may be viewed soon on the Grundy County Historian Society website at www.gchs.homestead.com.