SCHENECTADY -- Halloween 2018 got off to a decidedly non-scary start Wednesday, as passing showers and a brief break in the clouds projected a morning rainbow across the sky.
Daily Gazette photographer Peter Barber captured the unusual Halloween treat from Schenectady's Eastern Avenue neighborhood. Other reports of morning rainbows came in from around the area, according to a National Weather Service meteorologists.
But, as Halloween's weather started with a treat, young candy-seekers tonight might see it end with a trick.
According to National Weather Service's Kevin Lipton, it could also be something in between.
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"There could be a few light showers and sprinkles, mainly north and west of Albany," the meteorologist said. "But, even locally in Schenectady and Albany, we can't completely rule out a passing shower."
Any such showers should be quick enough to trick-or-treat around, Lipton said.
"Just be prepared," he said. "We can't rule out a passing shower or two, but not a washout."
And what about that morning rainbow? They happen, but they seem strange because the rising sun sets them off in the opposite part of the sky as evening rainbows caused by the setting sun, Lipton said.
"It's just a little different," Lipton said of the morning rainbows. "You don't see it very often in the morning hours."
The rainbow aside, morning weather conditions also produced a blazing sky. Barber also captured this image at Schenectady's Central Park Wednesday morning.
A young woman walks her dog around Iroquois Lake in Central Park at sunrise in Schenectady Wednesday. Photo by Peter R. Barber