October unseasonably dry, warm in Midwest so far

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — October so far has been unseasonably dry and warm in Illinois and across the Midwest.

Climate expert Steve Hilberg at the Illinois State Water Survey says the Midwest experienced only 23 percent of its normal rainfall during October’s first 12 days. Temperatures averaged 6 degrees above normal.

Some spots had no measureable precipitation for nearly 20 days as dry conditions extended from the end of September into early October. Kansas City, Mo., finally received detectable rainfall on Oct. 9 after 21 days without precipitation.

Temperatures were above normal for the first 12 days of October across most of the Midwest. The largest departures from normal were found mainly in Minnesota, where average temperatures ranged from 10 to 16 degrees above normal during this period.