Trick or Treat Night Weather Precautions
An eerie look and feel to the skies will greet Thursday as fog clings to the hills and clouds loom overhead.
Keep your eyes on those clouds during the day as they will have an unusually quick gait. Those fast streaming clouds will be moving from southwest to northeast a sure sign that some turbulent weather is due in town tonight.
The general flavor of the forecast is for warm winds to conjure up a daytime shower in spots before a strong cold front slaps the warm air around tonight. That collision of air masses will incite evening gusty showers in time for many Trick or Treat activities.
Still it is after the kids are back at home with their chocolatey and liquoricey loot that the strongest winds will arrive with a line of thunder squalls.
Given the likelihood that rain and or wind will affect your community on Halloween night, here are some safety precautions to take before, during and after Trick or Treat.
1. Since it is likely to rain during Trick or Treat, the kids should be armed with a plastic or duffel bag to carry the candy. Brown paper bags can break when they rub against the wet ground.
2. The strongest winds will come after Trick or Treat. Gusts to 50 miles per hour are possible in the 9pm to 3am period. So consider deflating Halloween inflatables and think about bringing in any unsecured decoration. If we are to have some power flickers, this would be the time.
3. If Friday is your trash day, hold off putting the trash cans out until dawn on Friday. After all your neighbor will not appreciate the clangeddey clang of a trash can rolling down the street caught in the throes of a sudden gust.
4. If you are used to basement water backing up in fall downpours, clean that French drain of all leaves before the rains and winds arrive in earnest.
One final word, the phrase "possible tornado" has been bantered about for the Ohio Valley by among others the severe weather experts in Norman Oklahoma.
For our region, the timing and placement of the squall line does not match a classic fall tornado set up. So the probability of circular wind storms is slim at best. Still, straight line winds are likely to be an issue in spots tonight.