FALL IS TAKING CONTROL...
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Fall has been showing up in the trees and now finally it's in the air. Temperatures have cooled down and we've had a few nights in the 30s. To start October temperatures have been running well above normal.. just check out the departures for overnight lows so far this month:
One plus side to the warmth sticking around has been the recent rainy pattern, especially in the last week. For Cedar Rapids this has been the rainiest month since September of 2020. This is also the first time we've been above normal during the duration of a month in terms of precipitation since January 2021.
Now as the pattern flips to cooler air it also means a drier pattern. For the next few days we'll be under northwest flow in the upper levels of the atmosphere.
That typically leads to drier air because we're cut off from any moisture sources. There will be a storm system that moves in Wednesday and brings the chance for rain:
The higher chances for rain will be in northern Iowa into portions of Wisconsin and Minnesota:
We'll have a few dry days and then watch another system come in over the weekend:
The recent rain has led to some improvements in the drought conditions, but progress on that will stop once the ground freezes.
Here comes the fall!