Halloween forecast not looking frightful

8:11 AM, Oct 31, 2008   |    comments
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According to 9NEWS Meteorologist Nick Carter, Halloween record keeping started in 1954 and since then, the average trick-or-treat temperature in Denver has been 42 degrees.

The warmest Halloween evening was in 1990. That year the average temperature during the 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. timeframe was a balmy 63 degrees.

Temperatures could be even warmer this evening as little witches, pirates and princesses set out to collect candy Friday evening. The 9NEWS Weather Team is forecasting temperatures near 70 degrees at 5 p.m. and middle 50s at 8 p.m. 

Nick says it will certainly be warmer than the last two years when temperatures have been in the 30s.

The coldest evening on Oct. 31 in the Denver area was in 2002 when the average temperature was a frightening 18 degrees. More than an inch of snow also fell that year making sidewalks dangerously slick for trick-or-treaters.

According to the Boulder office of the National Weather Service, the snowiest Halloween was in 1972. Mother Nature played a serious trick on the metro area that year by dumping 8 inches of snow on Oct. 31 and another 6 inches on Nov. 1. In addition, temperatures were only in the 20s for the few kids who actually ventured out that year.

Halloween 2008 will not only be remembered because of the mild temperatures, but also because of the sky show that will be visual throughout the state.

The planet Venus and the crescent moon will be converging for a sunset sky show on Friday evening. To see the bright pair, look to the southwest just after sunset Friday evening when the twilight is pumpkin-orange. You should see Venus and the moon side-by-side not far above the horizon.

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