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Halloween History -- How's the Weather?

by Matt Chambers

KMOV.com

Posted on October 28, 2008 at 10:13 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 3:29 PM

Think back to your own trick-or-treating days, or back to the days when you pounded the pavement alongside your little ones, begging for candy. Now, think about the weather through the years on those late October evenings. Chances are, your Halloween memories are probably riddled with thoughts of gusty winds, wet weather, and chilly temperatures.

Contrary to what your memory might tell you, we do manage to squeeze in a nice Halloween here in the St. Louis area from time to time. As a matter of fact, last year's festivities weren't bad at all. Halloween of 2007 brought a high temperature of 70 degrees, with readings near 60 by prime trick-or-treating time. It was mostly cloudy and a bit breezy but, by late October standards, not bad!

Let's look at St. Louis' Halloween history, from a weather perspective.

Warmest Halloween on Record:
High Temperature: 88 (1968)
Low Temperature: 66 (1876)

Coldest Halloween on Record:
High Temperature: 41 (1993)
Low Temperature: 26 (1878)

Average Halloween Weather:
High Temperature: 61
Low Temperature: 42

Wettest Halloween on Record:
2.91" (1946)

Snowiest Halloween on Record:
Trace (1993)

If you examine the weather over the last 30 Halloweens in St. Louis, you'll discover that measurable precipitation has been observed on 33% of those days. So, based soley on the averages, you have a one in three chance of getting wet on Halloween.

What about this year? As of now, the forecast for Friday is looking great! Get the very latest 7-Day Forecast right here. Here's hoping your Halloween '08 is more treat than trick.

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