October has stayed slightly warm through the first two weeks, with an average temperature of 10.1 degrees Celsius, closing in on a full degree above the normal of 9.4 C and up from 9.7 C in the first week.
The killing frost this year arrived earlier than the average date of October 13, striking during the early morning of October 2, which put an end to the growing season. This also ended the corn heat unit (CHU) count, with a total accumulation of 3224 CHU since May 12, slightly below the 10-year average of 3335 CHU. The corn harvest is now well underway as the plants and cobs have dried down well.
Precipitation was minimal in the first week but made up for that with two days of rain in the second week for a total of 21 millimetres of precipitation. Neither the forecast downpour nor the heavy gusts of wind materialized in the storm at the end of the week.