Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 29, 2013

Warm, wet Halloween predicted

By MICHELLE MERLIN mmerlin@record-eagle.com
Traverse City Record-Eagle

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TRAVERSE CITY — Trick or treaters might want to veer away from costumes like toilet paper mummies or clowns with face paint and toward something a little hardier, like a ghost or rainboot-wearing duck.
That’s because meteorologists are predicting a warm, but wet All Hallow’s Eve.
Rain is expected to fall on and off throughout Thursday and into the night, and temperatures could climb as high as 60 degrees.
“The take-home message is even if there are breaks in the rain during the day, you’re going to want to be prepared with an umbrella,” said Justin Arnott, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Gaylord.
The heat and rain are expected to emanate from a storm system that’s currently over the southwest United States. The system is moving northeast and should be in Traverse City by Thursday afternoon or evening, Arnott said.
Halloweens in Traverse City tend to average a high temperature of 50 degrees.
“Given our current forecast of having highs near 60, it certainly looks to be a good deal warmer than normal,” said Arnott.
The storm should scare away the cold weather of Monday and Tuesday, if only for the evening.