By Todd Nelson, filling in for Douglas:

Happy October! And, wow, does it ever feel like it, no? If you’re keeping track, September finished nearly 6 degrees above average. We spent 11 days in the 80s; the most recent was last Sunday. Thanks to a fairly robust Canadian cold front, temperatures have dropped nearly 20 degrees since then. Pants and sweaters are starting to make appearances after being tucked away in the back of the closet since spring. Don’t get me wrong, I love this weather, too, but that summer. Oh, that summer! It’s going to be hard to let go.

While continued cool and dry weather continues for us through the weekend, the weather around us is quite active. Get this: Parts of California could see nearly 1 inch of rain through early next week. Let’s hope El Niño is good to those dealing with incredible drought in the western U.S.

Meanwhile, in the Atlantic, Joaquin became the first Category 4 hurricane of the 2015 season as it hammered the Bahamas on Thursday. Latest trends suggest a slight nudge east away from the East Coast, but don’t let your guard down yet.