We’re halfway through October, but you wouldn’t know it by the weather. State climatologist Barry Keim says we are running abnormally warm and dry this month. He says when it comes to rainfall this year, we’ve been feast or famine, and right now its famine.

“In fact, the US Drought Monitor now has part of north Louisiana in moderate drought, and almost the entire northern half of the state is at least considered abnormally dry,” Keim said.

Keim says so far this month Louisiana has only seen one one-hundredth of an inch of rain. He says a lack of clouds and rain is keeping temperatures higher than usual for this time of year.

“Right now the state’s running about three to four degrees above normal, and the forecast is to hold up that pattern at least for the foreseeable future,” Keim said.

Keim says there is a possibility of a front coming through towards the end of next week, which could bring some rain and lower temperatures. He says October is typically the driest month of the year for Louisiana, so it’s not a surprise to see a lack of rainfall.

“It takes some major destabilizing event, like a tropical system, to produce the big rain, and obviously that’s just not in the offing right now, and hopefully we won’t get anything like that,” Keim said.