Halloween scare

Fans of horror movies are not doubt familiar with “Halloween,” the 1978 film that begat a whole franchise that revolved around the deranged slasher Michael Myers.

But we suspect there’s another potential Halloween visitor that is scaring a lot more people this year — Hurricane Sandy.

The weather forecasts and computer models may be differing on the actual impact that this particular storm will have on the Northeast and New England, but they’re all indicating that the East Coast isn’t going to avoid the 18th named storm of the Atlantic Hurricane season.

Thursday, the Hurricane passed over eastern Cuba and was going to pass over the Bahamas. It is expected to make good on any threats to New England by Wednesday, Oct. 31, the day set aside for Halloween. If it’s your typical hurricane, then the region will experience plenty of rain and wind while the coastline is likely to see plenty of rough seas and beach erosion.

That can be scary enough. But there are a couple of other prospects of what could happen with Sandy that has the weather community all abuzz.

One of the issues being talked about is that Sandy will become the kind of storm that merges warm tropical air and a fall cold front to produce a real dynamo. Some weather folks are saying that Sandy could be similar to the great gale of 1878 or Hurricane Hazel in 1954.

That would be bad enough. But then there’s another ripple to some of the forecasts that’s a real chiller — snow. Some of the weather models suggest more than a foot of heavy, wet snow in parts of Appalachia.

As our region witnessed last year, a big snowstorm around Halloween is a real trick with no treat, what with the power outages, downed limbs, wires and other damage.

Unlike the movies, the region doesn’t need any kind of sequel when it comes to storms.

Therefore, we’ll watch Sandy as the storm churns its way north and hope that this doesn’t turn into a horrific Halloween.

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