Persistent October rains slowing fall harvest efforts

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Falls colors are starting to dominate the landscape. Another sign of fall is farmers in the field harvesting crops; however, persistent rains are slowing the harvest down.

Rain has again slowed the area’s corn, soybean and sugarbeet harvest. The rain has not only prevent the harvest a crop ready to take in, but has raised the moisture content of both corn and soybeans that had been drying down in the field.

Dry weather is needed to get farmers back in the fields. Warm days are needed to help reduce the moisture in crops. Starting Thursday it looks as if the dry weather will return, but warmer days don’t show up in the forecast until later next week.

Through the first eight days of October temperatures have made it feel more like late October or early November. Add in the wet, cloudy days and the unusually cold days feel even more chilling.

Highs have averaged just under 52 degrees since Oct. 1, that’s the average high for Oct.  28. Take out the high of 72 degrees Oct. 3, and the averages are closer to 48 degrees – the average for Nov. 1.

Lows have been averaging 38 degrees, the average for Oct. 13.

Highs through Oct. 8 have been 13.4 degrees colder than the average of 65.0 degrees. Lows averaged 38.3 degrees, 3.8 degrees colder than the average of 42.0 degrees.

When Thursday’s high only reached 48 degrees, it tied the record for the coldest high temperature for Oct. 4 set back in 1980. The average high for Oct. 4 is 65 degrees with the record high 86 degrees back in 1975.

Thursday’s low of 25 was the second coldest low recorded for Oct. 4. The coldest low was recorded in 1968 when it fell to 24. The average low for Oct. 4 is 42 degrees.
Spring 2018 was missing this past April. Is fall trying for a quick exit?

April 2018 was the coldest on record, taking the place of the April 2013. It also saw the second most snow of any April on the local record books with 17 inches. For 29 straight days in April the low temperature was below average. It wasn’t until the last day of the month that we finally saw a warm up.

Now after two weeks of below average temperatures, area residents are hoping for an extended Indian Summer....

 

 

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Pictured: Falls colors are starting to dominate the landscape. Another sign of fall is farmers in the field harvesting crops; however, persistent rains are slowing the harvest down.

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