seasons: summer and its surroundings

These are the seasons that I’m thinking of with longing…

Pre-Summer – as I said in my previous post, I’m not sure of the exact boundary of Warm Spring and Pre-Summer, but it’s basically June and the beginning of July. There will be days like summer, sunny and 70s, but also quite a bit of cooler (high 50s, low 60s) and even rainy weather. The neologism “Juneuary” may be used to describe the cooler stretches.

True Summer – starts usually the week after Independence Day and lasts until sometime around Labor Day. This is the most amazing season. Almost no rain, ever, and hardly a cloud in the sky. Occasionally gets up above 90, but usually sticks in the upper 70s and low 80s.

Dry Fall – summer fades down into this last of the bright seasons, starting around Labor Day and lasting until the rains show up: sometimes early October, but occasionally as late as Halloween. The evenings cool down quite a bit, possibly even with a first freeze, while the days remain somewhat warm: mid60s, and it can get as hot as summer. Dramatic clouds. A little bit of rain, but not much. (For me, the start of Dry Fall actually starts with a bit of rain in late August or early September, but then afterwards it gets nice again.)

And then the seasons start over again!

One of these days I’ll compile all of this into a single something or another….