Everyone knows about the folklore concerning the month of March:
In like a lion . . . Out like a lamb.
Well . . . in 2009, it could be just the opposite when referring to October!
While a relatively quiet weather pattern was evident at the beginning of October, the latest weather charts are indicating that a powerful storm system will be over the western Great Lakes by Halloween Saturday which will push a very strong cold front through the Midwest. That front will likely be accompanied by strong winds, showers and even some locally strong thunderstorms.
Can we call this the “October Lion?”
Along the Atlantic Seaboard, this front may be just slow enough to allow for mainly dry weather, although winds could noticeably pick up during the day as the front tries to approach from the west.
Across the Northern Plains and Northern Rocky Mountain states, a surge of unseasonably cold air is expected to plunge southward from western Canada. Is anybody dreaming of a white Halloween? In this section of the Nation, some might even see some snowflakes fly.
The Southwest should see a tranquil weather pattern, while a Pacific storm system moving inland could dampen the pleasure of trick-or-treaters in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
Finally (and with tongue planted firmly in cheek), here is our Halloween outlook for a few (very) selected locations:
BATon Rouge, Louisiana Showers & Thunderstorms 67
Blood Mountain, Georga Showery 74
Pumpkin Creek, Nebraska Blustery and flaky 37
Skeleton Lake, Minnesota Rain changing to snow 32
Skull Valley, Arizona Sunny 80
SPOOKane, Washington Rainy 47
Tombstone, Arizona Sunny 77
WITCHita, Kansas Partly Cloudy 50
— Caleb Weatherbee