Halloween and Beyond
All Hallows Eve turned into a ghoulishly cool affair with skeletons and goblins from Tracey Park in Portsmouth to Central Park in Ashland to City Hall in Huntington dodging some rain drops. The rains held off until the very end of the Safe Trick or Treat event outside the Cabell County courthouse.
Meanwhile from Charleston to Logan to Pikeville, all Cinderellas and good witches made their rounds with nary a drop of rain!
With clearing skies overnight, temperatures will tumble into the chilling 30s from Mummie Ky to Looneyville WV to the home of the Moonville Brakeman ghost at the Zaleski State Forest in Vinton County Ohio. ( More on the Moonville Ghost legend shortly!)
Tuesday will start the new month on the foggy and frosty side. The overnight clear skies and light winds will allow temperatures to chill to the saturation point. That spells dense fog in our river valleys and likely some flight delays in and out of Yeager and Tri-State airports.
Since the nights are getting very long now (almost 13 hours now) and the sun angle shallower every day (just note how much longer your shadow is in the direct sun these days), the fog can linger well into the morning even lasting until noon in the deep valleys of Appalachia.
In rural meadows the saturation point mentioned above will be below 32 degrees. That means frost or frozen dew will form. So keep an ice scraper handy in the early morning and remember, any damp bridge could be a bit slick if damp.
By Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, sunshine will take hold and propel temperatures into the 60s!
As for the lore of the Moonville Brakeman Ghost, legend has it that a drunken railroad brakeman was crushed by a passing train after he fell into an inebriated stupor on the tracks back in the late 1800s. Since then, every year on All Hallows Eve, the ghost of the brakeman rises from the dead to spook all who visit the Moonville Tunnel, scary stuff indeed!