Precipitation across Illinois was more than an inch below average in October.
Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel says average precipitation for October in Illinois was 1.79 inches, 1.12 below average. That means it was the 21st driest October on record in the state.
Colchester, near Macomb, was the driest spot in Illinois during October with .22 inches. The southern Chicago suburb of Lansing was the wettest, with 5.22 inches. Rainfall was largely below an inch in western Illinois.
The average temperature in Illinois during October was 55.1 degrees, .5 degrees above average. It was warmest at 92 degrees in Bentley and coolest in Mount Carroll, where it was 23 degrees.
The Illinois State Water Survey is located at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.