The long-term outlook calls for colder than normal weather into the final week of the month for much of the U.S.
With the cold centered roughly over Iowa, the odds are highest that the Hawkeye state will be among those areas to see below-average temperatures. Eastern Nebraska is on the edge of the area with the greatest probability of cooler-than-average temperatures.
In Omaha, the average daytime high the final two weeks of the month declines from 65 degrees now to 58 degrees by Oct. 31. The overnight low declines from an average of 42 degrees now to 36 degrees by the end of the month.
Whether cool weather also ushers in snow is a whole other question. For now, the U.S. Climate Prediction Center is projecting, if anything, drier-than-normal weather in eastern Nebraska and much of Iowa during that same period.
For a look at the long-term outlook from the Climate Prediction Center, click here http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/ and then click on the 6-10 and 8-14 day outlooks.
The Climate Prediction Center is the long-term forecasting counterpart to the National Weather Service. Local weather service offices limit their forecasting to the near term, while the CPS makes longer term projections.
Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration