A recap of October's weather tricks and treats

Summer-like first half of October gave way to wintry weather later in the month

While the first half of October was largely warmer than normal across the Corn Belt, including a flirtation with summer-like temperatures from roughly October 6-10, the second half of the month jolted the region with a blast of wintry weather. For the Corn Belt as a whole, this was the fourth-coldest month of October in over 29 years. Precipitation-wise, this was the driest month of October in four years for the Corn Belt. While total snowfall was less than last year, this was still the third snowiest month of October in 29-plus years for the region.

Warmer weather in the first half of October was accompanied by a continuation of dry conditions making this a favorable period for harvest. However, as temperatures plunged around the middle of October, the weather turned more unsettled with rain and snow. The final few days of October turned dry once again across the Corn Belt.

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As we head into November, the month will begin with warmer than normal temperatures for the Corn Belt and largely dry weather. The second week of the month, however, will yield a brief blast of cold weather along with the chance for wintry precipitation, particularly in the western portions of the Corn Belt. Warmer temperatures should return by the middle of the month. We’ll need to watch out again later in the month for a winter storm that could threaten the region, but to start the month, harvest conditions will be largely favorable.

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