Forget frost on the pumpkin, how about dusting off the snow on top. What a roller coaster of weather we have experienced over the past few weeks. September was delightful with a string of days filled with sunshine and temps in the 70s. Then as we got into October, the rain machine kicked in along with the funneling in of cooler air. Before even making it to the middle of the month, our first flakes and accumulating snow made an appearance.
Interestingly enough 100 years ago on October 12th, 1909 the weather was very similar to the 2009 edition. Back on that date the high hit 34 degrees along with 3" of snow. Compare that to Monday when the high again only managed to make it to 34 degrees (thus ties the record for daily coolest high) and we picked up nearly 1.5" of snow. Granted most of this snow was measured on our snow board, with only some patches of white actually holding together on the grass in our weather observation area. We have talked a lot about when the average first snowfall occurs and how snow has been spotted as early as mid-September in Wausau. Nevertheless, my mental starting point for flurries or snow to be more common has always been Halloween. Before then, it is a somewhat rare occurrence, beyond that, you might as well have the shovel ready in the garage with the snow blower warming up for later in November.
For all those folks that would like to enjoy some warmer fall weather, there is promise in the computer weather guidance for highs to return to the 50s if not 60s by Saturday and Sunday. I have my fingers crossed that the milder weather pattern can hold out until the kids get their trick or treating in by the end of the month. It's always great for them to show off their costumes, rather than have it hidden under the winter coat. I'll keep monitoring the forecast for then as we roll along.
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