Heavy rain soaked parts of the south-central U.S. for the second week in a row. Weekly rainfall totaled 4 to 8 inches or more in central Texas, resulting in local flooding and fieldwork stoppages. Periods of locally heavy rain extended northeastward through the mid-South, Tennessee Valley, and central Appalachians. In contrast, many other areas of the country experienced a mid-month stretch of dry weather, although some snow fell early in the week from the central Plains into the upper Midwest. In particular, drier Midwestern weather favored a limited return to corn and soybean harvesting, as previously saturated fields began to dry out. Across most of the remainder of the country, including the West, dry weather favored summer crop maturation and harvesting, as well as late season winter wheat planting. In the Southwest, lingering rain and snow showers provided some additional drought relief. Across the lower Southeast, warm, mostly dry weather favored hurricane recovery efforts. In fact, substantially warmer-than-normal weather was limited to the lower Southeast, where temperatures generally ranged from 5 to 10°F above normal.
Cool weather covered most of the remainder of the country. Weekly temperatures averaged 10 to 15°F below normal in the south-central U.S. and broadly ranged from 5 to 10°F below normal from the Southwest into the Midwest. By the middle of October, freezes had ended the growing season across large sections of the Plains, Midwest, and Northeast.
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