Does this count as "Indian Summer"

autumn leavesIt is unusually warm today -- like early Fall warm (the average high temp this time of year is around 50 degrees).

So does this count as "Indian Summer?"

Er, probably not.

A National Weather Service historian says the term "Indian Summer" is "generally associated with a period of considerably above normal temperatures, accompanied by dry and hazy conditions ushered in on a south or southwesterly breeze."

And according to Wikipedia (so, you know, it must be true), the term refers to weather that "must be above 21°C (70°F) for seven days after the autumnal equinox." So, 60s don't quite cut it.

Whatever you call it, we're liking it. Unless this is a sign of global warming. And then we feel bad for the polar bears. And the maple trees. And the Maldives.

News to us: an alternate name for Indian summer in Europe is "St. Martin's Summer," which refers to the feast of St. Martin on November 11.

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I left the house wearing a hat and scarf, then drove to work with my windows rolled down. Normal? Maybe not. But it felt really good.

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