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October 18, 2013

WEATHER BLOG: Of Hunter’s Moons and Woolly Worms

Trees almost at peak; colder air coming

By KEVIN HARNED
WAVE 3 News

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — The Hunter’s Moon is overhead Friday night, the only night in the month when the moon is in the sky all night long. Folklore says that babies born a day after a full moon enjoy success and endurance. Speaking of folklore — I saw my first woolly worm this week.  The saying is that black is associated with snowy weather and brown is an indicator of mild conditions.

Fall color update: Trees are at about 70 percent of peak color. Another week or two should put us at peak. It’s typical that our peak would occur around the 25th of the month. That, of course, is followed by trick-or-treating and you may want to eye a warmer costume this year.

Some of the coolest air we’ve seen so far this season is on the horizon. In fact, the first frost of some by mid next week. In the meantime, the weekend is a mixed bag with a slight rain chance Saturday as a trough of low pressure swings across the Plains. Rain totals will be low with a lack of moisture in place and temperatures will be chilly due to a lack of sunshine. As the trough lifts into the northeast we’ll see partly sunny skies and warmer temperatures build back into the Ohio Valley. The cool air from Canada will dive into Indiana starting next Tuesday. Highs expected in the 50s for much of next week. Some areas may drop near freezing by next Thursday morning.



WEEKEND FORECAST

SATURDAY

MOSTLY CLOUDY

30 PERCENT RAIN CHANCE

HIGH: 60°



SUNDAY

PARTLY SUNNY

HIGH: 64°