If you are a frequent reader of this blog you may recall that Halloween is a cross-quarter day.  Cross-quarter days mark the mid-point between a solstice and an equinox.  Halloween historically marked the middle date between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice and in the Celtic calendar it was referenced as Samhain.  The next cross-quarter day is what we now call Ground Hog’s day. I mention this as the sun angle now is the same as early February.  Our average highs and lows are nearly 30 degrees warmer now than they are on Ground hog’s day because of the lack of snow cover in the northern hemisphere and seasonal lag.

Daryl Ritchison