Halloween is quickly approaching with less than a week to go before the annual sugar rush arrives.
While we've still got a long ways to go and the finer details will still be adjusted, it appears at the moment our Halloween is looking pleasant for trick-or-treat time. For now, we expect mostly cloudy skies with temperatures around 6 PM in the evening hovering around the upper 40s, perhaps near 50 degrees with dry weather expected.
If that forecast holds, it would certainly come with minimal complaints.
Halloween has always been one of our more variable holidays in the state of Michigan, with some years bringing warm temperatures, while other years bring cold and with some even having memories of flakes.
For simplicity, we'll use Saginaw as a central location. When looking at the climate information for MBS Airport, we can find our average high for October 31st is right around 53 degrees, with an average low of 36.
If we're right around the upper 40s at trick-or-treat time, that would probably be considered a pretty "normal" Halloween.
What about those really warm Halloween days? Looking at the entire period of record for Saginaw, we've seen 12 Halloween days with 70s for highs. That of course would be one end of the extreme. The all time record? 79 in 1933.
Days near 40 degrees or below? We've had about 11 of those days.
As for the past five years, we've certainly had our fair share of variability. The following is information based on data from Weather Underground from roughly 6-8 PM.
2017: Cloudy, Upper 30s/Low 40s
2016: Partly Cloudy, Upper 40s
2015: Cloudy, Rain, Mid 40s
2014: Cloudy, Windy, Mid 30s (light snow earlier in the day)
2013: Cloudy, 60s
As you can see, we've had a bit of an up and down ride the last few years. While snow is fun for the winter lovers, bundling up with Halloween costumes can be challenging, so assuming our forecast holds, we'll take it.
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