It’s the autumn when temperatures won’t fall
Have you broken out your fall fashions yet? I haven’t either, and that’s probably because it has felt more like San Diego or Miami around here than what we’re used to in fall around Southwestern Pennsylvania. So much for kids playing in piles of leaves while you enjoy that piping hot pumpkin spice latte. The only thing piping hot around here has been the temperature lately.
And what’s happening with our fall colors? Leaves began turning on Labor Day, possibly because of the slightly cooler-than-average August temperatures and a summer that left us averaging six inches above normal yearly precipitation totals. Hopes were high for an early view of what promised to be vivid fall foliage. Then came a bone-dry September when we hit 90 degrees twice and saw nary a drop of rain. The first 10 days of October averaged more than eight degrees warmer than normal. Rain from Hurricane Nate finally brought some relief to crispy lawns, but leaves are still dry, and it seems they’re racing from green straight to brown and skipping those wonderful shades of rust, gold, red and orange.
People are confused, too, not knowing whether to run the air conditioning, the furnace or just leave the windows open all of the time. Hot, dry weather made us wish the pools were open in October instead of sitting idle all summer while it seemed as if the rain would never end and the sun would never shine again.