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Halloween Climatology for
Amarillo and the Panhandles
Normal High: 67° F Normal Low: 39° F Normal Precip: 0.04"


Halloween, or All Hallows' Eve, is celebrated on October 31st.  This holiday has come to be associated with everything from pumpkins and spiders to candy and Trick-or-Treaters.  Here in the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles, Halloween is caught between the scorching heat of summer and the bitter cold of winter.  For Amarillo, it has been as warm as 81° F (in 2001) and as frigid as 15° F (1991).  It's typically dry, with measurable precipitation in only 22 years of 124 years of record keeping for Amarillo.  Snow has fallen on only the day in 7 of 124 years on record.  The most snow reported was 2.9 inches on Halloween in 1991.

The hottest Halloween from across the Panhandles occurred in Gate, OK in 2012 when the temperature reached 93° F.  The coldest Halloween from across the Panhandles occurred in Dumas and Stratford, TX in 1993 with lows of 9° F each.  The wettest Halloween goes to Higgins, TX which received 5.00 inches of rain in 1998.  The snowiest goes to Boise City with a total of 9.0 inches in 1991.


Click here for Amarillo records from 1892-2016.  


 Halloween Quick Facts for Amarillo

Warmest high temperature:  86° F in 2001
Coolest high temperature:  25° F in 1991
Coldest low temperature:  15° F in 1991
Warmest low temperature:  56° F in 2001
Wettest:  1.44" in 1948
Number of times with precipitation:  22 times out of 124 years (18%)
Number of times with snowfall:  7 times out of 124 years (6%)



 The Last Time it Happened on Halloween in Amarillo

High Temperature of 80° F or higher:  81° F in 2012
Low Temperature of 32° F or lower:  30° F in 2009
Rainfall:  Trace in 2005
Rainfall of 0.10" or higher:  0.49" in 2000
Snowfall:  2.9" in 1991