Peter Finlayson, Ormstown Weatherman Close, but no cigar! The thermometer dipped to 0° C on Saturday night, and the ground temperature dropped down to -3.5° C, but there was very little sign of frost except on rooftops and car windows. Farmers will likely have to wait until November before nighttime temperatures descend low enough to generate a killing frost. Even though average daily temperatures dropped considerably from the previous week, October is still on pace to set a record for average temperature. The average temperature for the month's third week was 13.3° C, a drop of 1.6° C but still well above the normal of 9.4° C for the whole month. The above normal average temperatures are caused by warm nights, with the nighttime lows being well above average. On October 14 & 15, the nighttime low was above what the normal average temperature has been in the past for the daytime high! While the forecast for average temperature is back closer to normal in November, the nighttime lows will continue to be warmer than on average. The warm weather continues to make 2021 an even bigger record year for corn heat units (CHU), as measured locally over the last 54 years. The normal for the entire month of October is 146 CHU. We've doubled that three-quarters through the month, with 315 CHU recorded, bringing the season total, which started on May 10th, to 3645 CHU. We've had enough rain, thank you. The total now stands at 84 mm, and while this is not excessive, 47 mm of precipitation has fallen in the last nine days, and there is a weather warning for the first half of this coming week that could bring another 50 mm of rain to the region. If so, this will be equivalent to over a month's worth of rainfall in less than two weeks. Precipitation continues to vary, however, within the larger region. Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue is only registering 53 mm of rain for the month-to-date, and St-Anicet 71 mm. Lennoxville, by comparison, has only received 36 mm so far in October, and there are reports of wells running dry in the region after a summer with very little precipitation. Even though most of the soybean harvest is complete, very little grain corn has been taken off the fields - everyone is waiting for a killing frost to facilitate harvesting and cob dry-down. The impending storm forecast for the coming days will make the fields quite sticky, given that there is much less evaporation at this time of the year. It will undoubtedly make harvesting what looks to be one of the largest corn crops on record a much more difficult task.