Forget the ghosts and goblins! Halloween has had some scary weather events over the years. Here are a few of the most memorable…
A Halloween Nor’easter
In 2011 a large low pressure area that produced an early snowfall across the northeast and the Canadian Maritimes. It formed on October 29 to the southeast of the Carolinas. As it moved up the East Coast, its associated snowfall broke records in at least 20 cities for total accumulation just in time for Halloween. Because many trees still had levels on them, and the ground was wet and warm, the heavy snowfall caused trees to be uprooted, and 12 states experienced power outages, from Maine to West Virginia and three Canadian provinces. Many residents of Connecticut were without power for 2 weeks and Halloween Trick or Treating festivities had to be postponed.
A massive Halloween Snow Fall in Minnesota
During the afternoon of October 31, 1991, a major winter snow storm pounded the eastern half of Minnesota over a three-day period. When it was finished, the storm dropped 28.4 inches of snow on the Twin Cities, setting a single storm record for the metropolitan area. Duluth received 36.9 inches, the largest single storm total in Minnesota history. Guess trick-or-treaters wore their skis to get around!
The Perfect Storm
On October 31, 1991, the “perfect storm” was responsible for the deaths of several Massachusetts-based fisherman and billions of dollars in damage. The nor’easter ravaged the Atlantic Ocean over the course of several days before it destroyed the fishing boat, the Andrea Gail.
How it happened
In October 1991, several rare weather events that would have been far less threatening had they happened individually, coincided at the same time. The result: an exceptionally powerful storm rained down across a very large area. It’s widely believed that if the storm had been more concentrated, it would have resembled a hurricane.
Because the storm occurred without the typical hurricane warnings, smaller vessels at sea were caught off-guard in hurricane-like conditions. The event became the basis for the best-selling novel “The Perfect Storm” by Sebastian Junger.
So was there ever a Halloween when a full moon appeared?
After a 55-year hiatus, ghosts and goblins trick-or-treated by the light of a full moon in 2001. But according to astronomers, it won’t be until this group has children of their own before the next Halloween full moon appears in 2020.
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