This October was the 11th wettest on record in Madison, with 4.56". Milwaukee rainfall totals were not quite as impressive. However, the monthly precipitation total was about a quarter of an inch above normal, with 2.91". This month's rainfall brought improvement to drought conditions, click here for more information on the current drought conditions.
The image below on the left shows the percent of normal precipitation for the month of October. The image below on the right shows the departure from normal average temperature for the month of October. Click each map for a larger version. (Maps courtesy of the Midwest Regional Climate Center)
The average temperature for the month in Milwaukee was 1.5 degrees below normal and in Madison, 0.3 degrees below normal. However, the year-to-date remains the record warmest on record. The graphs below show the top 5 warmest year-to-date records for Milwaukee and Madison.
Visit the Climate Prediction Center's website to view the temperature and precipitation outlooks for the month of November and the winter months.