Near normal precipitation for October helped recharge soil moisture after the exceptional dryness the last three months.
Most of the rain came in the last few days of the month. Many sites across northern and central Illinois reported their first snow of the season. The highest amount was reported in Mendota with 3.5 inches.
Temperatures were just 0.3 degrees below normal with a statewide value of 54.3 degrees. However, the first half of the month was 5.5 degrees above normal, while the second half was 5.9 degrees below normal. Most of the state saw temperatures dropping below freezing for the first time this fall on October 21-22.
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