The hot, dry October in the United States exacerbates the drought.

The hot, dry October in the United States exacerbates the drought.

Those drought conditions have also been felt along the Mississippi River, where some locations have reported their lowest water levels in the past 10 years.

The average October temperature in the contiguous United States was 55.3 degrees Fahrenheit, 1.2 degrees higher than the 20th century average, and ranked third warmest on record. 

Several top-10 states had a hot October. In the western United States, Washington had the warmest October on record, Oregon had the second warmest, and California had the seventh warmest. Maine had the sixth warmest October in the eastern United States. 

The average precipitation was 1.66 inches, which was 0.50 inch below average, making this the driest third of October on record. 

Florida experienced its eighth driest October on record, while California and Minnesota experienced their driest 11th Octobers on record. 

So far this year 

The average YTD temperature in the United States was 56.7 degrees Fahrenheit, 1.7 degrees higher than the 20th century average, making it the 13th warmest year on record. California had the third warmest year on record, while Oregon had the sixth warmest. 

Total YTD rainfall in the United States was 23.19 inches, or 2.17 inches less than average, making this the 15th driest year on record.

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