Thursday, September 22, 2005

So Long, Summer 2005

7:12 a.m. Eastern Time, September 22, 2005

Not that we’re really going to notice it here in South Florida, but autumn begins this evening.

I don’t really miss the radical change of seasons anymore. Contrary to popular belief, we do have seasons here: the rainy and the dry. The change can be sudden, but more often it’s a gradual cooling to the mid-70’s and a noticeable drop in the humidity, making it comfortable to walk more than a block or two. The trees don’t drop their leaves all at once; they do it on their own time, usually as the new growth starts in the spring. Hurricane season will last until the end of November, more’s the pity, but the biggest seasonal change will occur around the middle of December when the snowbirds arrive: when Fred and Ethel from Thief River Falls, Minnesota open the condo in Coral Gables, and Buck and Skip trek from Fire Island to Boca. Then winter will have officially arrived.