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Stormy End to October?

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Stormy End to October?

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.

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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

Valley, Arizona                   Sunny  80

SPOOKane, Washington             Rainy  47

Tombstone, Arizona                  Sunny  77

WITCHita, Kansas                     Partly Cloudy   50

Happy Halloween!

— Caleb Weatherbee

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