October clocks in as eighth-wettest on record

October clocks in as eighth-wettest on record

CHAMPAIGN — Last month was the eighth-wettest October in local weather history, with 6.31 inches of rain, nearly twice as much as the October average of 3.26 inches.

It also was the wettest month of 2017, surpassing the 5.91 inches of rain in May. For the year, Champaign-Urbana is now at 31.26 inches of precipitation, about 3.7 inches shy of its annual average. The total comes despite four consecutive unusually dry months from June through September.

The wettest October locally was in 1941, when there was 9.01 inches of rain. Local weather records go back to 1888.

October was also warmer than normal, with an average temperature of 57.9 degrees, about 4.7 degrees above normal.

It's the eighth time this year that the monthly temperature was above average, and the 22nd month out of the last 26.

Although the first 32-degree freeze of the year usually comes between Oct. 11 and 20 in Champaign-Urbana, this year it didn't arrive until Oct. 29. There were only two sub-freezing days last month, on the 29th and 31st.

The warmest reading in October was on the 7th, when the temperature hit 85 degrees. The coldest reading was 30 degrees on the 31st.

The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center says there's a better-than-even chance of below-normal precipitation for East Central Illinois in November and that temperatures likely will be near normal.

The three-month outlook for East Central Illinois suggests above-average temperatures with average precipitation.

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