I recently bought a new pair of sunglasses. I hope I can find them the next time the sun appears in the sky. It's been awhile. Eight of the first nine days of October have been cloudy. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reports that, on average, October has about 13 cloudy days.

The DNR indicates that the gloomiest October came in 1963 with 19 cloudy days. Eleven other days were partly cloudy that year with just one sunny day. At this point I would be happy with a partly cloudy sky.

As I was scrolling through the photos on my phone, I found pictures of rainy days from soccer and baseball games, the Steele County Fair and, of course, the big storm that swept through southern Minnesota recently.

I've got cloudy pictures from the Twin Cities Marathon weekend, football games and the big storm that swept through recently. We have also endured a flood watch this week with the forecast of heavy rain. The upcoming days might feature a few peaks of sun. MEA weekend could be really nice.

The DNR also reports that the high temperatures each day from September 25 through October 8 were the sixth coolest on record for that stretch. On the positive side, overnight lows have been close to average.

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