It's been a tale of different halves for the month. The first half of October was cold with highs well below average, but that script has flipped and we're enjoying warmer and drier weather during the second half of the month.
Days like this were hard to come by during the first half of the month. While eastern KELOLAND will end slightly below average Tuesday, the sunshine and light winds helped it to at least feel a little warmer. But we dealt with thicker clouds and rain during the first half of the month.
Here's an example.
Sioux Falls had an average high of 51 degrees during the first half of the month and if the current forecast holds true, we'll end up with an average high of 57 for the second half of the month.
In recent memory, this has happened twice before. In 2014 it was a matter of being a degree warmer, but there was a bigger difference in 2009. That's when we went from 48 degrees to 52 degrees.
Keep in mind, we're at that time of year when our average highs continue to go down. So while we're going the other way this month, history shows us it does happen.