Rains falling in late October helped boost Illinois' soil after three very dry months.
State climatologist Jim Angel said October saw a near-normal precipitation of 3.2 inches, with most of it falling in the last few days of the month. According to Angel, the rains were heavy enough to recharge soil that had dried out in the months prior.
Cook, Will, and Kankakee counties got the most rain, along with some areas in the far southern part of the state. Bourbonnais got the largest amount with 6.79 inches of precipitation.
Along with rain, many areas of northern and central Illinois even saw snow last month. Mendota had the most with 3.5 inches.
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