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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published October 28 2013

Weather Talk: Unlikely we’ll experience ‘Indian summer’ this year

Since the weather turned colder, many people have asked if we will be experiencing any “Indian summer” this autumn.

By common definition, “Indian Summer,” is an extended period of above-average temperatures in mid to late autumn. Many people consider true “Indian Summer” to be a mild spell of weather after the first killing frost of the season.

If we use the second part of the definition, it is highly unlikely this area will experience another extended period of warm weather before winter as such weather is unusual in this area this late in the year. But if you only consider “Indian Summer” to be period of warm weather in autumn, then we did have a nice stretch during the first half of October.

Such weather does not occur every year, and such conditions should never be expected. Yet, when it does occur, those are the days that nearly everyone agrees are the some of the most pleasant weather we have the entire year.


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