Treat or Treat?! Ahh, the fun of going door-to-door for candy on Halloween, sometimes never knowing what surprises may lurk at each stop. Such is true if you knock on Mother Nature's door this time of year. In some years, the other side of that door has given us temperatures warm enough to cause makeup to melt away from the faces of little monsters (much like candy that melts in your mouth, not in your hand). However, we may find "Old Man Winter" opening the door in place of Mother Nature for an early season appearance as bizarre as Vincent Price. Haaaa ha ha ha haaaaaa!
Two late October Ohio Valley snows--these happening almost seventy years apart--have to rank near the top of the weirdest, most unusual weather events ever to impact our area. The first took place on Octover 29-30th, 1925, the other (one that some of you may remember) on October 30, 1993. Both occured when storm systems bringing sufficient moisture tracked southeast of Kentucky and yanked just enough cold air as they departed northeast to produce snow for our area. Check out these staggering numbers from the 1925 snow:
--Bowling Green: 3" (Oct. record)
--Woodbury (Barren Co.): 4"
--Celina, TN: 2"
--Calhoun (McLean Co.): 5.4"!!
In 1993, a band of heavy, wet snow set up shop along the Ohio River, dumping a general 3-5" of the white stuff on places like Evansville, Owensboro, Louisville, and Cincinnati. While the amounts were not as impressive for South-Central KY this go round, it was enough for trick-or-treaters to leave footprints in the snow rather than just the mud or leaves like some other years. Some totals from that '93 "White Halloween" included:
--Bowling Green: 0.9"
So, "trick or treat"? I guess it depends on whether you like snow and cold weather on Halloween!