Indian Summer Explained
“Indian Summer” is a term that describes a period of warm weather, with at least one day above 70 degrees, occurring after the first frost of the season. Given the climatology of Connecticut, we typically get our first frost in mid-October. Since average high temperatures for October 15th are still around 63 degrees, it’s not all that unusual to see the mercury hit 70.
As far as the history behind the term, it is up for much debate. In the Colonial times, the term “Indian Summer” actually referred to the January thaw. Some speculate that the term has to do with the time period that Indians harvested corn. Another possibility is that the term is just another way of saying a “false summer”.
A Few Stats:
Given the general definition of the term, Connecticut should expect “Indian Summer” conditions sometime during the second half of October. 70 degrees is quite mild, but 80 degrees is downright warm. Every day in the month of October has reached 80 degrees in Hartford, except October 29th.
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