The facts and figures are in and for many it was and October to remember. After a mild start temperatures steadily tanked and in the end the rain which consistently fell tuned to snow. Here's the tale of the tape for some cities in my area from the NWS in the Quad Cities.
Across the board temperatures were 2 to 4.5 degrees below normal.
Precipitation was heaviest in the north where it was twice the norm. In Dubuque it was even more than that where the 6.89" made it the 4th wettest October on record (4.23" above average). Burlington down south came in almost 1" below normal.
Snowfall was a big deal with every station seeing it. Most areas had 3-7 inches with as much as 11" reported in Lowden, Iowa. The 9.2 inches in Dubuque made it the snowiest on record there. The Quad Cities and Cedar Rapids both had their second snowiest on record.
Here's the snowfall departure from the mean. Pretty much off the charts in the SE half of the Midwest.
It's still pretty crummy out there today with patches of snow on the ground, a temperature of 40 and a wind chill of 30. Gonna be a long winter ahead! Roll weather...TS
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