It’s officially been fall for a week now, but in most places around the country a heat wave has pushed back the arrival of the season’s traditional cool and breezy pumpkin-picking, cider-sipping weather. So for those who can’t wait to pull their chunky sweaters out of storage, it will come as happy news that weather experts are predicting October will bring the crisp, cool temperatures that we all know and love.
According to the Farmers’ Almanac‘s 200-year-old formula, October will largely bring cool, dry weather before a “spell of cold and unsettled conditions” come along in November and December. Sadly, October will also bring some windy conditions and storms for certain parts of the country at certain times, but there’s no need for trick-or-treaters to fret-most regions across the nation will get to enjoy fair weather for Halloween (yay!).
According to the Almanac‘s predictions, folks in the Northeast should have no problem getting outside to enjoy hayrides and corn mazes. Overall, the weather is predicted to be tame, aside from severe thunderstorms and unseasonably cold conditions from Oct. 20-30, which should clear up just in time for Halloween night.
The upper Midwest can expect the same harsh weather at the end of the month, but can look forward to dry weather kicking off October before conditions get windy.
If you’re located in the North Central states, prepare for wet snow over the Rockies from Oct. 4-7 with some flurries over the Great Plains. For the most part, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Colorado are predicted to get a mix of rain and cool weather.
If you were planning to escape the fall storms by heading down south for the fall, think again. Chilly rains are slated to spread from the Deep South into the Carolinas and Virginia, and Texans should also prepare for a good amount of thunderstorms throughout the month.
The West might see the best October weather in the country-but we recommend carrying around an umbrella because the clouds are expected to be a bit temperamental, switching back and forth between clear and rainy skies throughout the month.
Of course, all of these predications are to be taken with a grain of salt. If you’re skeptical of the accuracy of a forecast made more than 10 days in advance, you’re in the same camp as most meteorologists. As we know all too well, weather predictions are often wrong, but both the Farmers’Almanac and The Old Farmer’s Almanac claim they are accurate 80 percent of the time.