Friday, October 15, 2010

Good Morning: Can You Smell Autumn?

We're officially declaring that autumn is here. No more of this dithering between the 50's and 90's. The mercury's going to be solidly in the bottom 3/4 of the thermometer for the rest of the year. For Friday, figure on a high in the mid-60's with a mix of sun and clouds. Saturday is more of the same, minus the clouds. And on Sunday we might see 70. Oh, and the lows will be in the mid to upper 40's, depending on whether you live in the city or the "normally colder suburbs."

Just in case you're thinking, "Ah, if it's 70 on Sunday, then that's an Indian summer," it's not. An Indian summer is when it warms up to 70 degrees or more after the first frost but before the first snowfall of the season. (Good trivia to know in case you're ever on Jeopardy.)

The phrase "Indian summer" has been around since at least 1778. Other cultures have their own phrases to describe this post-frost warming, but my favorite is Turkey's "pastrami summer."

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