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Columbus Day Climate History for Paducah, KY
 

*Climate Data has been recorded at Barkley Regional Airport in West Paducah since 1949 and prior to that was observed in downtown Paducah back to December of 1937.

Columbus Day became a federal holiday in the United States in 1937, although people have celebrated Columbus's voyage for centuries since he first arrived back on October 12, 1492. Prior to 1971, Columbus Day was observed on October 12th. It was moved to the 2nd Monday in October as a result of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act which was passed in 1968 and took effect in 1971. This means the date can vary from October 8th to October 14th for any given year. For climate purposes, October 12th will be used for the period of record through 1970, followed by the 2nd Monday in October from 1971 to the present.

Here is a look at high and low temperature frequencies and extremes as well as precipitation statistics for Columbus Day in Paducah.

As seen by this graphic high temperatures typically are in the 60s, 70s, or 80s with 44% of the years seeing highs fall in the 70s.

Warmest Highs Coldest Highs
91 in 2007 52 in 1986
89 in 2018 54 in 1993
89 in 2010 55 in 1959
89 in 1938 58 in 2000
88 in 1975 61 in 2012
86 in 2017 61 in 2005
86 in 2015 61 in 1987
85 in 1969  
85 in 1962  
85 in 1961  
Normal High: 73

 

Paducah has seen highs above 90 once on Columbus day, back in 2007 when the temperature soared to 91 degrees. There have been 4 years where the high temperature failed to reach 60 degrees. This last occurred back in 2000 when the high only reached 58 degrees.

Low temperatures fall in the 40s a good amount of the time on Columbus Day, accounting for 39% of the years on record. There have been 3 years with lows below freezing, most recently in 2000. There have also been 13 years where the low was above 60. This last happened in 2018 when the low only managed to fall to 69 degrees.

Warmest Lows Coldest Lows
70 in 1969 27 in 1987
69 in 2018 30 in 2000
67 in 2017 31 in 1980
67 in 1962 32 in 1967
66 in 1963 33 in 1957
66 in 1954  
Normal Low: 48

 

Measurable precipitation has fallen 21% of the time, with over an inch of precipitation falling on 2 different occasions, most recently in 2004.

Wettest
1.97 in 1974
1.81 in 2004
0.98 in 1997
0.72 in 1962
0.62 in 1985

 

Here is a look at the observed weather for the past 15 years:

Recent Weather for Columbus Day
Year High Low Precip
2004 64 57 1.81
2005 61 46 0
2006 80 48 0
2007 91 62 0.13
2008 84 62 0
2009 70 46 0
2010 89 52 0
2011 80 50 0
2012 61 37 0
2013 74 48 0
2014 80 62 0.61
2015 86 55 0.04
2016 78 43 0
2017 86 67 0
2018 89 69 0

 

Columbus Day Climate History for Evansville, IN
 

*Climate Data has been recorded at Evansville Regional Airport since January of 1897.

Columbus Day became a federal holiday in the United States in 1937, although people have celebrated Columbus's voyage for centuries since he first arrived back on October 12, 1492. Prior to 1971, Columbus Day was observed on October 12th. It was moved to the 2nd Monday in October as a result of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act which was passed in 1968 and took effect in 1971. This means the date can vary from October 8th to October 14th for any given year. For climate purposes, October 12th will be used for the period of record through 1970, followed by the 2nd Monday in October from 1971 to the present.

Here is a look at high and low temperature frequencies and extremes as well as precipitation statistics for Columbus Day in Evansville.

As seen by this graphic high temperatures are predominately in the 60s or 70s on Columbus Day, encompassing 66% of all years on record.

Warmest Highs Coldest Highs
92 in 2007 45 in 1909
91 in 2010 49 in 1917
89 in 1975 50 in 1986
88 in 2018 51 in 1993
86 in 1962 54 in 1907
86 in 1961* 56 in 2000*
Normal High: 72

*Denotes a tie in previous year(s)

Evansville has cracked 90 twice on Columbus Day, most recently in 2010 when it hit 91 degrees.. There have been 12 years where the high temperature failed to reach 60 degrees. This last occurred back in 2000 with a high of 56 degrees.

Low temperatures typically fall into the 40s or 50s, accounting for 66% of the years on record. Temperatures have fallen below freezing on 3 occasions, most recently in 2000. On the warm end of the spectrum, the only time the low temperature was in the 70s was in 2018 with a low of 70 degrees.

Warmest Lows Coldest Lows
70 in 2018 29 in 2000
68 in 1969 30 in 1987
68 in 1954 31 in 1980
68 in 1928 32 in 1967
67 in 1962 32 in 1964
Normal Low: 47

 

Measurable precipitation has fallen 19% of the time, with over an inch of precipitation falling on 4 different occasions, occurring as recent as 2014.

Wettest
4.18 in 1901
1.77 in 2014
1.45 in 1949
1.01 in 1927
0.93 in 1955

 

Here is a look at the observed weather for the past 15 years:

Recent Weather for Columbus Day
Year High Low Precip
2004 67 47 T
2005 60 54 0
2006 78 50 0
2007 92 65 0
2008 81 60 0
2009 68 45 T
2010 91 51 0
2011 81 53 0
2012 60 38 0
2013 72 48 0
2014 78 64 1.77
2015 84 55 0.15
2016 78 48 0
2017 79 66 0
2018 88 70 0

 

Columbus Day Climate History for Cape Girardeau, MO
 

*Climate Data has been recorded at Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, located 5 miles southwest of Cape Girardeau, since June of 1960.

Columbus Day became a federal holiday in the United States in 1937, although people have celebrated Columbus's voyage for centuries since he first arrived back on October 12, 1492. Prior to 1971, Columbus Day was observed on October 12th. It was moved to the 2nd Monday in October as a result of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act which was passed in 1968 and took effect in 1971. This means the date can vary from October 8th to October 14th for any given year. For climate purposes, October 12th will be used for the period of record through 1970, followed by the 2nd Monday in October from 1971 to the present.

Here is a look at high and low temperature frequencies and extremes as well as precipitation statistics for Columbus Day in Cape Girardeau.

As seen by this graphic high temperatures are predominately in the 70s or 80s on Columbus Day, encompassing 70% of all years on record.

Warmest Highs Coldest Highs
89 in 2018 50 in 1986
89 in 2007 54 in 1993
88 in 1975 58 in 2000
86 in 2017 59 in 1987
86 in 2010 60 in 2012
86 in 1979 62 in 2002
86 in 1973  
86 in 1961  
Normal High: 72

 

Cape Girardeau has never hit 90 degrees on Columbus Day, but did come within 1 degree back in 2007. There have been 4 years where the high temperature failed to reach 60 degrees. This last occurred back in 2000.

Low temperatures fall into the 40s a good amount of the time on Columbus Day, accounting for 46% of the years on record. There have been 3 years where the low dipped below the freezing mark, most recently in 2002. On the warm side of the spectrum, the only time the low temperature was 70 degrees was set in 2018.

Warmest Lows Coldest Lows
70 in 2018 27 in 2000
69 in 1969 29 in 1987
68 in 2017 30 in 2002
66 in 2008 32 in 1980
65 in 1984 32 in 1967
Normal Low: 46

 

Measurable precipitation has fallen 20% of the time, with an inch or more of precipitation occurring only once, back in 1974.

Wettest
1.01 in 1974
0.64 in 2014
0.50 in 1962
0.42 in 1986
0.33 in 2004

 

Here is a look at the observed weather for the past 15 years:

Recent Weather for Columbus Day
Year High Low Precip
2004 65 57 0.33
2005 65 43 0
2006 78 45 0
2007 89 61 0.11
2008 82 66 0
2009 68 46 T
2010 86 51 0
2011 80 48 0
2012 60 36 0
2013 71 45 0
2014 75 62 0.64
2015 83 48 T
2016 77 42 0
2017 86 68 0.01
2018 89 70 0