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Halloween climatology in Central Missouri

Earlier Monday morning showers quickly exited the region to the northeast trailing behind a low pressure system. This allows for the rest of Halloween to remain dry with skies slowly clearing into the overnight hours. Temperatures officially topped out into the upper 60s across much of Mid-Missouri allowing for a warmer than average trend.

According to climatology averages for Columbia Missouri, our overnight lows fall above the average trends allowing for a more comfortable night for trick-or-treating. In the past 30 years, Mid-Missouri usually sees a 36% chance of showers and a 3% chance of snowfall. Although we saw some rainfall earlier today measuring just over a trace of an inch, there will be no snowfall unlike the Halloween of 2020 saw.

The month of October saw extreme drought across portions of Mid-Missouri, but after closing out the rainfall seen earlier today, Columbia sees near average totals. Although this is usually a welcome sight, Mid-Missouri is well below average in terms of the past several months meaning more rainfall will only help with drought conditions. Overall, Columbia saw only 0.15" below average in October.

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Chance Gotsch

Chance Gotsch grew up just south of St. Louis and moved to Columbia to attend the University of Missouri to pursue a degree in Atmospheric Sciences.

His interest in weather begin as a child when he used to be afraid of storms. Years later, he purchased a weather forecasting book and weather station at his elementary Scholastic Book Fair. After reading into the hows and whys of atmospheric science, he quickly became interested and gained his new passion.

Chance joined the ABC17 Stormtrack Weather Team in February of 2021. He is currently the weekday Noon Meteorologist.

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