Summer isn’t working out. How long until fall?

We had a rough winter — lots of snow and slippery roads and cancelled classes — and I’m as guilty as the next person when it comes to complaining about the cold and saying how I couldn’t wait for summer.

I’ve made a huge mistake.

What I meant is that I couldn’t wait for fall.

There’s a heat advisory today and Tuesday here in metro Nashville. According to a “breaking news” alert from the local newspaper, the heat index will probably reach 110 degrees.

If you live outside the U.S., I think that works out to about 50 hectares (I don’t really understand the metric system, so that’s just a guess).

Fall is great. It isn’t cold or hot. It’s brisk, and, around here, anyway, it’s usually drier than spring and seems to last a little longer. The past couple of years, our spring has lasted approximately 15 minutes. We’ve been going straight from winter into summer without getting a few weeks to work in the yard or take a hike or camp.

Fall is when the haze of summer clears. The skies are deep blue and cloudless. The light comes at a slight angle and makes the fall colors pop. Fall is for county fairs and football and going back to school. Fall is full of possibilities.

Fall is also sweater weather, which is good, because, honestly, a lot of people aren’t really made for shorts and T-shirts. No offense.

PHOTO: freefotouk via Flickr

35 thoughts on “Summer isn’t working out. How long until fall?

  1. Summer here means needing a canoe. It rains buckets every few days, and then it’s a sauna. Still, I think the only bad thing about summer is you can’t wear boots.

    Wait—never mind. I’m wearing boots.

    Stay cool.

  2. Fall is my favorite season, too, Todd. If you sprinkled in a couple of unseasonably warm days in October and November, I could live in jeans and sweaters year-round. Because, yeah…shorts are not my favorite.

    1. Hi, Nadezhda! I have a friend who lives in Arizona, and it’s as blazes out there, but there’s very little humidity. The humidity is the thing gets me.

  3. I just moved to Murfreesboro from Pennsylvania a little less than two weeks ago. Why did I do this? What was I looking for? I sweat everywhere I go. I am forced to stay inside all the time. What is wrong with me?????

    I’m glad someone else is experiencing the same mind f*ck over the heat.

  4. Gimme spring and summer. Fall just means winter is coming. I would take 20 straight days of 95-degree weather over one day of snow.

  5. Oh, Todd, you’ve made me laugh! Fall is my favorite season, too — no wicked storms, football season, back-to-school, and cooler temps. And you’re right in saying some folks (really, a LOT!) shouldn’t expose themselves in shorts, tank tops, and flip-flops!!

  6. What is this fall you speak of? I live in California. We don’t have that here. People wear shorts year-round even in the freezing winter months where it gets down to 60 degrees, those crazy kids. Brrrrrrr

    1. We used to live in Orlando. Everyone there was from up North. When it got down to 50% humidity and 75 degrees, people would wear sweaters. I’m not making this up.

  7. It makes me chuckle when I hear weathermen and women tell me its going to be hot today. Growing up in St. Louis heat in the summertime is a whole different animal. The city sits in a valley and has the Missouri River to the North and the Mississippi next to it and the humidity just sits over the city.

    1. Yeah, being a forecaster in this part of the country is pretty easy. “And tomorrow, it’s gonna be hazy, hot and humid with a chance of thunderstorms in the late afternoon or early evening. Wednesday, we’re looking at hazy, hot and humid….”

  8. May and September are my two favourite months…this past May sucked weatherwise (rain, rain, rain)…hoping September is better!

    A nice summer day in Saint John, New Brunswick is about 75 or 80 degrees…I don’t miss the 95-degree Ohio/Ontario summers at all!


    1. St. John sounds great, Wendy. We visited my wife’s grandfather in far upstate Minnesota once in July, and someone apologized about the humidity. We were living in Florida at the time, and we thought it was a joke, and we laughed, but they were serious. They thought it was humid.

    1. Been there. Fall in Florida is like summer here. Winter in Florida is like early summer here, with the advantage that on mornings when it dips below 50, you can see wild manatees at Blue Springs State Park near DeLand.

  9. You just live in the wrong state Todd. Most of summer up here is pleasant, except for late August when your hurricaines push the hot, muggy weather up toward us. Then we have fall that feels like summer and hardly get any decent fall – about 15 minutes before winter starts.

    And you reallly need to work on your metric system – everyone knows that 110 degrees is 60 hectacres! :) Great post.

  10. Yes!! It was 116 today where I live – in Virginia, so yes HUMIDITY, no dry heat here.

    I love the fall. It’s not cold enough for a bulky coat, but you’re not hot. Halloween, looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas. You can wear your jeans and sweaters are so cozy! Fall is cool, in every possible meaning of the word.

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