If you have kids or grandkids, you may be starting to wonder what the weather will be like when you take them trick or treating on Halloween. The weather may also have you thinking about how much candy you need to buy for the trick-or-treaters who may, or may not, visit your house.
To help you make plans and be better prepared for the weather while out with your little ones, the Farmers’ Almanac recently released its Halloween weather forecast for all of the United States and Canada.
“Halloween is almost here, and enthusiasts of this frightfully fun holiday are already decorating and planning for a ‘spooktacular’ night,” the Farmers’ Almanac explains. “In fact, many people consider Halloween their favorite decorating holiday! And let’s not forget about all the yummy candy.”
So, let’s jump right into it. Here’s the Farmers’ Almanac’s Halloween weather forecast.
Halloween Weather Forecast For The U.S.
Northeast And New England
This area, which the Farmers’ Almanac calls Zone 1, includes New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Washington D.C.
Trick-or-treaters in this region will see mostly fair weather, according to the Farmers’ Almanac.
Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, And Midwest
This area, which the Farmers’ Almanac calls Zone 2, includes Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, and Wisconsin.
This area will see fair skies on Halloween, the Farmers’ Almanac forecasts.
The Farmers’ Almanac calls this area Zone 3. It includes Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida.
On Halloween, people in these states will also see fair skies, the forecast notes.
This area, which the Farmers’ Almanac calls Zone 4, includes Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana.
“Halloween may be stormy over the Rockies and cloudy elsewhere,” according to the Farmers’ Almanac forecast.
The Farmers’ Almanac calls this area Zone 5. It includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico.
“Cloudy and very unsettled conditions may make Halloween soggy and scary,” the Farmers’ Almanac explains. “Bring an umbrella trick-or-treating!”
This area, which the Farmers’ Almanac calls Zone 6, is made up of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.
Those in Washington and Oregon should expect stormy weather that turns colder. The Farmer’s Almanac even suggests that trick-or-treaters may want to dress up like a skier.
The Farmers’ Almanac calls the area made up of California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona Zone 7.
It cautions people in those states that storms are possible and the temperatures may be cool.
Halloween Weather Forecast For Canada
People in this area, known as Zone 1, should expect the weather to become unsettling in the evening on Halloween, according to the Farmers’ Almanac.
Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec
Trick-or-treaters in this part of Canada, called Zone 2, can expect mostly fair weather for their Halloween activities.
The Farmers’ Almanac refers to the Ontario area as Zone 3.
Like their neighbors a little south in the U.S., people in the Ontario area can also expect fair skies on Halloween.
Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan
People in this area, which the Farmers’ Almanac calls Zone 4, can expect changing weather on Halloween.
In the Rockies, the weather will begin tranquil on Halloween. After that, however, it will turn stormy. The rest of the region will see a cloudy evening.
The Farmers’ Almanac calls British Columbia Zone 5.
“Boo!” is how the Farmers’ Almanac sums up its forecast for Halloween in British Columbia. That’s because the weather will turn stormy and colder on Halloween.
The Farmers’ Almanac’s Forecast Accuracy
About now, you may be wondering how accurate these weather forecasts actually are.
“Many years ago, Ray Geiger, who was editor of the Farmers’ Almanac for 60 years, was quoted as saying that we are 80 percent accurate,” Caleb Weatherbee, the official forecaster for the Farmers’ Almanac, told TravelAwaits.
“That’s pretty much our ‘traditional’ batting average, although there are variances from year to year — sometimes the accuracy is a bit lower and sometimes it’s a bit higher,” Weatherbee explains. “We always strive for 100 percent accuracy, but Ms. Nature always throws us a few curve balls, or knuckleballs, each year.”
For more about the accuracy of the Farmers’ Almanac’s weather forecasts, be sure to read Just How Accurate Are Farmers’ Almanac’s Forecasts.
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