A little summer. Some fall. And a taste of winter highlighted the month of October from a weather perspective.
Chris Geelhart from the National Weather Service in Lincoln indicates October started with record highs in some places in Illinois with a good taste of fall weather in the middle and then record snowfall on the final day of the month.
Thanks to some late rains from the remnants of a tropical storm, the month ended up wetter than normal. Geelhart indicates there was also a day of rain ahead of the snow that fell for Halloween.
Farmers were concerned about being frosts and freezes beating them to the completion of the harvest, there weren't any of those types of nights until later in the month.
Geelhart calls the snowfall in the range of two-to-five inches was very rare for October, as most areas records were just traces of snow.