A spell of Indian summer weather is descending upon the Hudson Valley and will send our temperatures into the 60s to near 70 at times for the next week!
The term "Indian summer" is generally associated with a period of considerably above normal temperatures, accompanied by dry and hazy conditions ushered in on a south or southwesterly breeze.
The term was coined in 1778 by a frenchman named St. John de Crevecoeur, who said:
“Sometimes the rain is followed by an interval of calm and warmth which is called the Indian summer; its characteristics are a tranquil atmosphere and general smokiness. Up to this epoch the approaches of winter are doubtful; it arrives about the middle of November, although snows and brief freezes often occur long before that date."
Wow, it turns out that St. John de Crevecoeur farmed at the Pine Hill Farm in what is now know as Chester, NY from 1769 onward until his death in 1813. Thanks to reader Paula for pointing out this piece of history!
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