October 2017 State of the Environment
So how was October?
The region had near normal rainfall for the second month in a row, though once again that statement is deceptive. Whereas in September we were dry in the south and wet in the north, October evened out the tallies and shared the love by delivering a wet south and dry north. October river flows reflect the month’s rainfall pattern, sitting well below normal in the far north and bulging in the far south. Groundwater levels seem about normal and there’s still plenty of moisture in the soil for the time of year. Daytime temperatures had a warm north-cool south split, due to a sunshine deficit across the latter no doubt, but warm nights kept the region relatively free of pesky late frosts.
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