Trick or Treat Weather

Halloween weather was a treat this year for the little ghost and goblins filling their pumpkins with candy.  That is not always the case, the weather can vary so much from year to year.  It’s been hot, cold, rainy and even snowy depending on the weather pattern. As you know this  has been a hot pattern for Middle Tennessee.  So hot that we set a record high today with 85 degrees tying the record from 1950.  The average high is 67 degrees. Check out these other extreme Halloweens.


This year, we are not alone in the excessive October heat. Many states in the south and Midwest are 15 to 25 degrees above average for the date.


The general trend is for Octobers to get warmer, as overall temperatures continue to rise. This will inevitably begin to cut down on the number of cool Halloween evenings that we are used to in Middle Tennessee.

We haven’t even had our first freeze yet in Nashville, the average date for that is October 29.  The latest is November 27, 2009, so we are not close to that record yet. However, Climate Central found that across the south the number of days between the last spring freeze and the first fall freeze is increasing.  In the southeast it’s increasing by 6 days on average, but in other areas of the U.S. it’s increasing even more.


There is no freeze in this forecast. There is however more possible record heat. Tomorrow in Nashville, the record high will likely be broken for the day and for the month of November with 86 degrees forecasted.


The good news is there is some cooler air coming later this week and some much needed rain too. It won’t be enough to make a dent in the drought, but at least it’s some rain.


This warmer air has been a problem for the annual Warm Coats from Warm Hearts Coat drive.  The number of donations is down. Folks are just not thinking about donating coats when it’s 85 degrees outside.  But I do ask you, if you have a gently used coat that you don’t need anymore, please consider donating it at one of the numerous drop off locations. The deadline is 4000 coats.


Thank you for considering it.  I sign off with this sweet face.  This little gal is one of the Spencer family dogs, Lyla, sporting her Halloween costume as Snowbird.  She didn’t win the Channel 4 pet costume contest this year, but that’s OK.  I thought she looked cute.


Join me on Channel 4 News at 10pm for a weather update.

Lisa Spencer





About Lisa Spencer

Lisa Spencer is the chief meteorologist at WSMV Channel 4 Nashville. You can catch her weathercasts weekdays at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 6:30pm and 10pm.
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