PAST CLIMATE MAPS
We experienced a nice surge in precipitation in early September over southern Minnesota and south into Iowa, but by midmonth, the dry weather which has been with us most of the summer returned. Now that a change of season is upon us, this is generally a good time to see if the jet stream can readjust itself. Even though we are now coming into our dry season, any moisture to help at least replenish the top soil moisture would be welcomed.
Right now I don't expect a big change in the weather pattern to bring us meaningful rainfall for the month of October, so expect conditions to remain on the dry side. Temperatures are expected to finish near normal.
Partly to mostly sunny skies are favored to open the forecast period along with cooler temperatures on Monday, Oct. 1. Look for skies to remain on the mostly sunny side with warming temperatures from Tuesday to Thursday, Oct. 2-4.
Clouds are expected to be on the increase on Friday and Saturday but I don't expect much in the way of rain. Temperatures should continue to warm.
Our first opportunity for at least passing showers comes on Sunday and Monday, October 7-8. Light to moderate precipitation totals are possible.
Sunny skies are favored from Tuesday to Thursday, October 9-11.
A mix of sun and clouds with scattered showers are possible from Friday to Thursday, October 12-18. I don't expect much in the way of rainfall totals as temperatures should cool.
Sunny skies are favored from Friday to Sunday, October 19-21.
I think the period from Monday to Friday, October 22-26 could bring us our first real opportunity for significant rainfall this month. I can't rule out the possibility of maybe even some snow on the back end as the system moves out. I'm sure we'll hear about snow somewhere in the upper Midwest at this time.
Sunny and more seasonable temperatures are favored to end out the month from Saturday to Wednesday, October 27-31. Halloween looks dry and mild.