October Off to a Warm and Dry Start


CENTRAL ILLINOIS-- October has started out warm and dry for much of central Illinois and the Midwest. According to State Climatologist Jim Angel, temperatures across southern Illinois and western parts of the Midwest for the first 7 days of October are running 4 to 6 degrees above normal. Central Illinois and the rest of the Midwest are running 6 to 10 degrees above normal. 

Here at WAND in Decatur our station is averaging about +5.4 degrees above normal from October 1st through the 12th. Three of the first twelve days have had highs at our above 80 degrees. The forecast calls for above average temperatures in the 6 to 10 day and 8 to 14 day outlooks. 


October precipitation has been very light and scattered across much of central Illinois. There is a band of 1" to 3" of rain from just south of Kansas City to Chicago into central Michigan. Very little in the way of rain has fallen across northeastern Iowa and southwestern Wisconsin, along with eastern Missouri. 

So far at WAND we have measured only .19" of rain, which is a little over an inch below normal for the first twelve days of the month. The majority of the monthly rain fell Wednesday, October 12th with .14" inches in the gauge. 

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