October 30, 2008

Halloween Forecast and Fall Color

This has been an extraordinary fall for autumn color..the best I have seen in years. Why? According to the resources I checked on the web, fall colors are encouraged when there are warm, sunny days and cool, non-freezing nights. Well this year we have had an unusual number of such days/nights during much of October. In addition, it has been far drier normal. The conditions have been perfect for color and the lowlands are ablaze in reds, oranges, and yellows. The fact we haven't had any windstorms to knock off the leaves certainly helped to.
Regarding the forecast. A band of heavy rain is over western Washington right now...but it should move through by mid-afternoon. So right now it looks fairly dry for the critical Halloween evening period...with only a few light showers at most. So the little goblins and their parents should be dry. A weak front comes through tomorrow morning with some showers. Tomorrow will be fairly warm (high near 60), mostly cloudy, with a few showers. Another stronger disturbance moves in on Sunday...so there will be showers and cloudy on that day. The bottom line...we have switched into the cloudy and wet mode of NW weather...sorry.

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