VAN WERT – After a relatively wet September in parts of the local area, especially in Blackford and Jay counties in Indiana and Mercer County in Ohio, weather specialist Rick McCoy says that a similar pattern can be expected to carry over into October.

“Within the next 10 days, National Weather Service experts are saying that at least seven of those days could be 80 degrees or better for daytime highs,” said McCoy. “After a brief plunge of Canadian air last weekend, it appears that the unusually warm air mass, still in place in the south, will start working its way back into the Midwest, including our area, over the next few days.”

McCoy said that National Weather Service officials are currently predicting that, out of the next 10 days, at least seven of those days could sport daytime highs above 80. In addition, a trend towards wet weather that mainly affected such counties as Blackford, Jay and Mercer in Ohio in September is threatening to periodically expand northward.

“We expect that it is possible that the temperatures for the month could rival the warm Octobers of 1947 and 1982.

Near the last part the month, temperatures are predicted to lower by comparison, but still continue in the slightly above normal range.

In the first half of the month, rainfall could average one to four inches, with the highest amounts to the north. The normal amount of rainfall for that period of time is 1.5 inches.

McCoy said that it appears that rainfall could relax to more normal with chance of below average rainfall the second half of the month. The worst of the rain will be in central and north central corn belts so it is possible that harvest delays could occur at that time.

Local agronomist Jeff Lehman said that over the weekend and early this week, there has been major harvest work with farmers coming up with extremely productive wheat, which has been testing extremely dry.

Lehman continues to believe that corn harvest is going to come in with one of the strongest productions in recen t years, with yields of 200 bushels an acre not that unusual.

“It is so encouraging to see this grain coming in,” said Lehman.