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October 2003

For the month of October, Temperatures Will Be below Average with Precipitation below Average for the Month.

Weather Watch: Fair and mild (1) with showers and cool temperatures (2,3,4). Fair and mild again (5,6,7,8) with more showers and cool weather (9,10,11). Fair and mild weather returns (10,11,12,13,14,15,16)turning rainy and stormy (17,18,19). Fair and not so warm (20,21,22,23) with more rain and stormy (24,25,26,27). Showers and cooler temperatures (28,29,30) with fair and cool weather ending the month.

Tornado Watch: Watch for tornado activity from the 17th to the 19th and from the 24th to the 27th.

Full Moon: The Full Moon in October will occur on October 10th and is considered the Hunter's Moon for 2003. Also known as Yellow Leaf Moon because of all of the leaves turning colors at this time of year and the Cree Indian Tribe called it the Moon of Falling Leaves.

Special Notes: In October, 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the Wittenberg Palace church door, marking the start of the Protestant Reformation. Panic broke out on October 30, 1938 after the radio play, "The War of the Worlds" was broadcast on CBS. Realistic news reports led many to believe that Martians were actually invading the earth. Don't forget to "fall back" one hour on Sunday, October 26th at 2AM EDT as Daylight Savings ends for 2003.

Holidays: Yom Kipper begins its observance on October 6th and Columbus Day is celebrated on Monday, October 13th. United Nations Day falls on Friday, October 24th. The children's favorite holiday next to Christmas is Halloween is on Friday, October 31st. Be sure to Trick or Treat early and finish by dusk. Have older children carry flashlights and wear reflective clothing if they are planning to be out after dark.

The Garden: Start raking those leaves now! Shredding leaves, along with lawn clippings, make a fine addition to your compost heap. Remove all dead vines and spent plants from your vegetable garden. Mix 1 can of cola (not diet), 1 cup of dish soap, and ¼ cup of ammonia and add to 20-gallon hose end sprayer and fill to top. Saturate the layer of mulch that's left on top of the garden's soil and then say, "Good Night" until the next growing season!

J. Grubers' Thought for Today's Living: "If you don't expect the impossible, you will never be disappointed"

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