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A scary start to October

By Staff | Oct 9, 2009

It’s been wet. It’s been cold, it’s been windy and it’s been gloomy.

That’s the best way to describe the first week and a half of October weather in the Rugby region.

After a balmy September, daytime highs have not climbed out of the 40s so far and cold, cloudy and rainy weather has been the story. And there was even a little wet snow that showed up on Oct. 9.

Rain showers have been off and on for the first 10 days and more than an inch of rain has accumulated since October 1 in Rugby, according to KZZJ 1450 AM, the official weather reporting station.

Fortunately, a majority of farmers completed their small grains harvest before the wet weather pattern arrived this month. Fall moisture is always welcomed by farmers, however, a hard freeze followed by a stretch of dry conditions is needed for farmers to return to the fields for the row crop harvest.

The conditions have proved to be ideal, however, for waterfowl hunters as it keeps geese and ducks sitting in fields and sloughs.

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