Whew, after a nice cool, crisp spell of weather, October has brought some serious heat the past few days -- temperatures rising into the high 80s, with humidity levels also elevated, but returning to fairly cool and comfortable conditions late in the evening.
These conditions are close to the criteria for Indian Summer, and I was tempted to label them accordingly until I got a reminder from The Old Farmers Almanac (1985 edition) that Indian Summer can occur only between St. Martin's Day (November 11) and November 20. Editors of that venerable guide adhere to the old saying, "If All Saints' (November 1) brings out winter, St. Martin's brings out Indian Summer."
And who's going to argue with any Farmers' Almanac?
Regardless of the origin, or precisely when it occurs, I am not a fan of Indian Summer either. After just beginning to relish the onset of fall walking weather, it is a disruption. It is no fun to come back from an autumn walk all soaked n sweat, as though you had been on a July survival march.
While walking has slowed down the past few days, I have gotten extra exercise caring for my son's dog, Dasher, an energetic young yellow lab who loves to play ball at all hours, even during Indian Summer-like weather. I do my part for travel soccer by being a dawgkeeper.
I will give it a whirl while hoping for a quick return to cool weather. I just hope I don't have to try to replace its tiny battery anytime soon.
© Robert G.Holland 2013
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