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October 2021 second-warmest start on record in La Crosse, but doesn’t knock of 1879’s high

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The La Crosse Queen leaves Riverside Park on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2021, a day that set the record for most days (108) at or above 80 degrees in La Crosse. (PHOTO: Rick Solem)

La Crosse has experienced its second-warmest start to October ever, through the first 10 days.

There are, however, 142 years separating No. 1 and No. 2, according to the National Weather Service – La Crosse.

The warmest start to an October dates back to 1879. Temperature records have been kept since 1873.

The average temperature over the 10-day span this October was 69.2°F at La Crosse Regional Airport.

This was 12.8°F warmer than the 1991-2020 normal of 56.4 degrees.

In 1879 the average temperature was 70.4°F.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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