The statewide average precipitation for October in Illinois was 1.79 inches, 1.12 below average. This was the 21st driest October on record for the state, according to the Illinois State Water Survey.
Rainfall amounts of less than 1 inch were common in western Illinois. The driest spot in the state was Colchester (near Macomb) with 0.22 inches for the month. The wettest spot was Lansing, south of Chicago, with 5.22 inches for October.
Most of Illinois experienced temperatures at or below freezing by the end of the month.
Remember, Standard Time resumes at 2 AM Sunday, November 6th. Remember to set your clocks back an hour before retiring Saturday night. This would also be a good time to check the batteries in your smoke detectors.