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Published September 18 2012

Forum editorial: A touch of autumn in the air

If the weather forecasters are on point (and they always are, right?) the Red River Valley region is in for several days of cool, mostly dry weather. It’s quite a change from the unusually hot, dry conditions of summer. But almost as if a clock were striking the note, a cold front or two began the slide from the north just in time for the first day of autumn, Saturday.

The change of seasons is as routine around here as – well – the change of seasons. But no matter how hot or humid or dry or stormy the summer, residents of the northern Plains and lakes country always seem to act with some surprise when Mother Nature suggests we roll out the sweaters and wool socks. It’s a ritual informed by the rhythms of seasonal shifts.

In the next couple of weeks, the hardwoods will give up their summer green and shout in colorful protest as the winds go cold and the days grow short. Nothing new in all that, but fall is a beautiful, marvelous time every year. It never gets old.

So, as we prepare to bid the dry, dry, hot, hot summer of 2012 adieu, let us dare to hope the weather pattern will change just enough to water the land before it freezes hard. And maybe, just maybe, Ol’ Man Winter will linger in the far north long enough to allow the region a warm, bright Indian summer sometime next month, or maybe in November? Well, that’s pushing it some …

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