As seen on my forecast page we are done with our record heat wave though next week we will get back into the warm air from the south after a cooler trend over the next few days. Still not much rain in the forecast until later next week on into the second week of October according to the GFS models when we may pick up over an inch of rain over most of the Lower Peninsula. These model runs have been consistent over the past few days.
The crops are definitely getting dry enough to harvest. The soy bean fields around the Allegan county are are dry and the field corn are about half way there though I have seen one field over in Allegan already harvested probably for silage. The sad thing is that with more rain mucking up the fields and the ground harder than it has been it makes harvesting in October more difficult.
The dry weather has lowered soil moisture to very low levels and with heavier rains a possibility the rain will stand on the ground and cause ponding in the fields. The new drought monitor will be out tomorrow so we will see where we stand after this extended period of lack of rain. We have only receive .56 of an inch of rain for this month which is the lowest thus far this year. Seems in recent years October has ended up on the wetter side of normal.
We have been raking leaves, most of the maples, walnuts, sassafras and dogwoods have been dropping brown leaves, not a lot of color so far this fall.
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