Autumn Chill on Schedule
The last weekend of October is upon us and no surprise frost will coat “unattended” Halloween pumpkins come dawn Saturday. I say “unattended” since Green Thumb himself, John Marra, suggests that those carved jack-o-lanterns and pumpkins be covered or brought in before the frosted chill of sunrise.
Granted, the pumpkins have been picked and are not susceptible to a killing freeze. But John says a frosty pumpkin can turn into a soft and mushy squash come Trick or Treat night!
This Friday night I am hearing of a run on hot chocolate at high school football games. “Arctic” Andrew Colegrove reported on our early evening shows of the chill at Hurricane high. To warm up, AA visited the HH band booster concession stand for a cup of hot chocolate. To my jealousy, AA sported a cup of hot, sweet cocoa in hand during his 6pm broadcast. Turns out the HH concoction has not only marshmallows on top, but mini-chocolate bars on the bottom! Calling all fellow “sweet tooths”!
OK, back to the Saturday morning chill! No need for golfers to set tee early times since “nobody goes off before Jack Frost”. Record lows were set during the Cold War of 1962 and range from 21 in Huntington to 24 in Charleston. Both readings should stand the test of time when Josh reports on Saturday morning as we face the coldest air in 6 months.
By mid morning the early chill and frost will have melted away in time for the Autumnfest in CK as lunchtime temperatures recover to 50ish under baby blue skies. First tee times at local courses will likely average around 10am.
Up in the Zaleski State Forest of Vinton County Saturday is ROAR DAY. That’s rural Ohio Appalachian Revisited day. This annual fall festival includes crafts, mountain men demonstrations like lumberjacking, Appalachian music and of course plenty of Ohio eats. So grab a mess of beans and cornbread and wash it down with a gulp of sassafras tea. That’s all day long just outside McArthur.
Careful of a wind burn when afternoon breezes kick up from the southwest at 25 miles per hour. That will help to prod late day highs to just shy of 60.
Saturday night’s reading of the legend of Sleepy Hollow and the Headless Horseman in Kenova is always a popular event at the famous Pumpkin House. Owned by Kenova mayor Dick Griffith, the Pumpkin House sports more than 3,000 carved pumpkins for your viewing pleasure.
Likewise for the Zombie Walk as part of Hallow East in Charleston, a pleasant fall Saturday evening will feature temperatures in the coolish 50s before and 40s after sunset. Indeed with a gusty breeze on Saturday night, the air temperature will be 10 degrees higher than Friday night.
Sunday looks to dawn with only patchy frost in colder, secluded hollows sheltered from the wind. By afternoon highs will percolate back into the pleasantly cool 50s.
Next week looks to feature a string of 60s degrees days with a shot at 70 by Thursday.
With no rain foreseen until the second half of next week, a word to the wise; namely, we are now in the heart of the fall fire season. So any burning must obey the laws of our 3 states.
Enjoy your weekend, and Go Nittany Lions!