Summer was not too hot, not too cool with ample rainfall, which led to a record-breaking bin buster harvest area-wide in 2004. After all of the rainfall, the faucet completely turned off for September with only a few scattered showers & t’storms to begin the month & that was it. It was great for the record harvest as the crop dried well & did not require costly drying.
After such a great summer, continued great harvest the Ohio River bottoms flooded. This wiped out a lot of the crops in these bottoms, especially closer to the confluence of the Wabash River. This flooding was all a result of the flooding rainfall produced by the remnants of Hurricane Frances & Ivan well upstream. So, even with such extraordinary dryness (multiple locations without a single drop of rainfall for the entire month), there was still a flooding event.
This dryness led to desert-like conditions for part of the area by early October with fires (as lush vegetation from the moist summer shriveled & dried) & very impressive daily high/low variability. Morning lows were near/record cold near 32 a few days, while afternoon highs on those days reached the 70s!