Finally we’re seeing some sunshine after one of the wettest starts to October on record.

Missouri is a pretty soggy place, though, halfway through October–and some places have seen some tornados and high straight-line winds.

Patrick Guinan

State climatologist Pat Guinan says history shows late September and early October can have elevated chances of severe weather. He says the statewide rainfall average is about six inches, almost double the usual statewide average for the entire month.

This is the wettest start to an October since 2009, which is the second-wettest on record. The all-time wettest October was in 1941.

But this October is not expected to reach the wetness levels of those years.

AUDIO: Guinan says the outlook is for warmer and drier weather into November. (Interview 7:22)