Events in life often come in threes and that's sometime true in weather.
The first half of October will go down in the books as record breaking in many respects across KELOLAND. As Monday's rainfall amounts continue to add up, the abrupt change in the pattern since October 1 has left behind several marks.
Total precipitation for the northern Black Hills since the first of the month now exceeds 9" and that doesn't include Monday's rain and snow.
Widespread 1 to 3" rain totals are expected into the plains of KELOLAND through Tuesday as this third storm moves northeast.
While the last two storms haven't had as much snow as the first, these events are significant because they've all happened at the beginning of a new season and could provide some early clues into how active our winter season may be.
While the storms have been intense, they've all been relatively fast movers. That's one of many factors we look at when we start comparing early season jet stream patterns and how they may cycle across the country later in the winter.