If you thought October was a crazy month weather-wise, you weren’t wrong.
In a report published Monday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recapped the wild month.
Here's how October 2021 ranks in the nation's weather history.
It was warm
NOAA said October 2021 will go down as the sixth-warmest October on the 127-year weather record for the U.S., saying the average temperature for the month across the Lower 48 was 57 degrees. That’s nearly 3 degrees above the 20th-century average.
Both Maryland and Ohio had their warmest October on record. Much of New England and the Northeast saw their second-warmest October on record. This includes Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.
The year has also been warmer than average, so far. NOAA said the year-to-date average temperature for the U.S. is 57 degrees, about 2 degrees above the 20th-century year-to-date average.
It was stormy
Powerful storm systems swept across the U.S. during October, dropping hail, high winds and tornadoes.
According to NOAA, a preliminary tornado count showed 146 tornadoes were reported across the country, with 121 of those reports being confirmed. That puts October 2021 as the second-busiest October for tornadoes on record.
"Only preliminary counts in 2018 ranked higher with 159 tornadoes reported," NOAA wrote in the report.
Oklahoma set a new record for tornadoes in October, with 31 twisters reported. That breaks the old record of 27 set in 1998.
It was wet
Bomb cyclones and atmospheric rivers slammed into the West Coast during the month, leading to drenching rains.
NOAA said the average precipitation for the U.S. was 3.11 inches, which is nearly an inch above average. That makes October 2021 the ninth-wettest October on record.
California and Illinois recorded their fourth-wettest October. Montana recorded its fourth-driest October.
Year-to-date precipitation for the U.S. is at 26.74 inches, 1.38 inches above average.