The third week of October was a quiet week according to Ormstown weatherman Peter Finlayson. There was a total of 12mm of rain (including the downpour on Saturday night), bring the monthly total to 50mm, or pretty close to normal. The HU count stopped the previous week with the two killing frosts on October 18 and 19th, but temperature accumulation for the month indicates it will be close to normal as well. Corn harvesting is underway, with numerous combines out in the fields despite reports that there's still a lot of 'green' in the plants making it harder to shuck the husks off. Given that the cannery was still trucking sweet corn for processing and some farmers squeezed in a 5th cut of hay this season, it's just one of those years when the plants just don't want to stop growing.
We set a Chateauguay Valley record for heat in September! Ormstown weatherman Peter Finlayson reports the average temperature for the past month was 18.4°C which is very warm compared to last year's average of 15.7°C and the 10-year average of 16.1°C. In fact, the next warmest September on record was 1971 at 17.8°C. Obviously, along with high temperatures go heat units (HU), and we received 642 HU in September - another record, with last year at 530 HU and the 10-year average being 559 HU. The previous record was in 2005 at 623 HU. This brings our total number of heat units this year to 3,262 since May 9th, 111 above the normal, and almost 250 above last year at this date. So far, we haven't had a killing frost which means we are still accumulating heat units. Last year, the killing frost was on October 13th and the 10-year average for a killing frost is October 9th. As for precipitation, we had a total of 99 mm (3.9 inches) for the month. Some farmers are still cutting hay while a few soybean fields remain to be combined. Corn silage is still being taken off while the grain corn is starting to dry down even without a hard frost to push it on its way.