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America's 'Radical Elders' continue their work for fairness, justice; SCOTUS upholds law disarming domestic abusers; Workplace adoption benefits help families, communities; Report examines barriers to successful post-prison re-entry in NC.

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A congresswoman celebrates Biden protections for mixed status families, Louisiana's Ten Commandments law faces an inevitable legal challenge, and a senator moves to repeal the strict 19th century anti-obscenity and anti-abortion Comstock Act.

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A Minnesota town claims the oldest rural Pride Festival while rural educators say they need support to teach kids social issues, rural businesses can suffer when dollar stores come to town and prairie states like South Dakota are getting help to protect grasslands.

Climate extremes have some OH families rethinking their Halloween

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Tuesday, October 31, 2023   

Tropical Storm Tammy has sprung back to life over the weekend, sending spooky fears of high winds for trick or treaters along the Eastern Seaboard.

Despite Tammy being the only tropical storm on the U.S. radars, meteorologists at the nonprofit Climate Central found climate extremes increasing and warming October overnight temperatures in 216 U.S. cities since 1970.

Lauren Casey, meteorologist for Climate Central, said a wet Oct. 31 is also more common with the warming. Columbus, Ohio had a record high temperature of 88 degrees on Halloween 2016.

"Warmer air holds more moisture," Casey explained. "And when we have more moisture in the atmosphere to be wrung out, we get these heavier rains, We're seeing heavier precipitation events, and they're coming more often."

Hurricane Helga was known as the Great Halloween Hurricane of 2019, as it slammed Florida on Halloween night. Helga sustained 100 mph winds with 120 mph gusts upon landfall. Power remained out until Nov. 3 and many trees suffered major damage.

Other than just cooler offerings instead of hot chili on Halloween, Casey added there are multiple implications to the warmer conditions. She pointed out a warmer fall season sees an increase in mosquitoes and is a disturbance for those with health concerns.

"Allergy season has been lengthened by about a month in many locations across the Midwest," Casey noted. "The extension of the allergy season, of course, can be a nuisance for some people who are sneezing and sniffling, but much more burdensome for people with other more serious respiratory issues like asthma."

Climate Central has a Halloween extreme temperature checker and Cleveland, another major city, shows having a 4-degree fluctuation with temperatures from 20 to 80 degrees on Oct. 31 in the past 30 years.


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