Jud's Journal: Indian Summer

November 19, 2010

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A lot of readers ask the Almanac these two questions every year: What and when is an Indian Summer? When is Easter?

Listen as Judson Hale, Editor-in-Chief of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, answers these questions and other FAQ’s with his usual lighthearted sense of humor.

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Indian Summer

Does it matter what part of the region the hazy warmth and chilly nights occur, seeing it would be different in the South. I know, I know, it's not so much even the weathers, it is folklore about Indians taking from the settlers barns.

Where is Indian Summer

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There are different definitions of Indian summer. At The Old Farmer’s Almanac, we’ve held to the definition that it is a period of warm weather following a cold spell or a hard frost that can occur between St. Martin’s Day (November 11) and November 20. One weather proverb says, “If All Saints’ (November 1) brings out winter, St. Martin’s brings out Indian summer.” Depending on the definition one uses, it varies as to where it can be experienced. Some say it is confined to New England, while others indicate that it can occur anywhere that experiences fall frosts or cold spells. In other countries, the name for this phenomenon may differ, but several can experience a similar period of mild fall weather during the time that cold is strengthening its hold.


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