October 23, 2007 - 2:16 PM
Eighty-degree days in September? High 70s in October?
Such unusually warm temperatures long after Labor Day can throw the Western New York psyche off a notch or two.
Where are the blazing-red trees and cravings for a glass of warm cider? Instead, we’ve still been able to go to the beach and eat ice cream.
This over-extended summer has been so confusing. Do I get out the winter clothes, or do I keep wearing summer outfits (which I’m sick of) to work, where the air-conditioning is still blasting?
By now, we’ve usually pulled out the blankets and warm comforters and put them back on our beds. But the nights haven’t cooled down that much to need so many layers.
And why bother putting away the porch furniture when it’s still warm enough to sit outside?
This is the time of year when you want to make a pot of soup or chili to eat during Bills games. But it’s been too warm (even humid) to stand over a hot stove.
We all know what’s going to happen: any day now, temperatures will plunge and we’ll wake up to snow on the lawn and ice on our cars.
Good luck finding your winter coats and gloves, since you haven’t unearthed them yet from the back of the closet or from the dry cleaners.
And good luck finding the snow brush. We’ll certainly need it because the lakes are warm and the lake-effect season will likely be long.
Having been lulled by the warm fall into thinking that winter would never come, we’ll all be doing a mad dash to empty our porches of furniture, dig out the boots, search for the socks and the sweaters, buy some blue juice to clean the slush off the car windshield; unearth the shovel or snow blower and install the storm windows.
In other words, September’s tropical weather will be just a memory.
What a surprise.
-- Susan LoTempio