It was a colder than normal October. Assistant State Climatologist Pete Boulay says the month ended nearly two-degrees below normal. As for precipitation, some areas of Minnesota received some badly needed rain last month. But Boulay says that the drought remains very well entrenched across much of the state, with around 43% of Minnesota experiencing severe or extreme drought conditions still. New Ulm finished October with just over an inch of rain. The coldest nights of the month in New Ulm were the 7th, 8th and 13th, when the temp dipped down to 20-degrees.