(Undated) -- It was a colder-than-usual October. Assistant State Climatologist Pete Boulay says the month ended nearly two degrees below normal. As for precipitation, far northern and southeastern Minnesota received some badly needed rain, ranging between a half-inch and one inch. But Boulay says drought remains very well entrenched across the state, with 43 percent of Minnesota rated in severe or extreme drought. He says it will take a lot more precipitation than what Minnesota received in October to get rid of that deficit. By the way, one of the coldest temps in October was in Babbitt, where it was eight degrees on Halloween morning.