October Sun and Pumpkins

How strong is the sunshine in October? Meteorologist Josh Fitzpatrick explains and has some interesting facts!

See full size imageThis past Friday and Saturday gave us a ton of bright sunshine!  I hope you enjoyed it because we may not see that again for several more days as the weather pattern turns more grey, damp and cool.

When you think of October, you think of the changing colors, harvest time, the first frost and longer nights.  What many don't think about is sunburn.

One great question I received this weekend is from Patty and she asks: “Can you still get sunburn in October when the temperatures are in the 70's or 60s?  Is the sun powerful enough to give you a burn?”

Believe it or not, the October sun is still strong.  It's just as strong as it is in April.  So yes, you can still get sunburn.  Especially on these bright, sunny, blue sky days.

As we go into late next week, it should turn sunnier just in time for the West Virginia Pumpkin Festival in Milton.  If you’re going and I’m sure many of you are, put on some sun screen.  The picked pumpkins don’t like to sit in the direct, hot sun as it’ll cause them to decay.  Keep them mainly in the shade so they’ll last much longer.

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