Au­tumn temps tak­ing their time

Sunday Star - - LOCAL - By CON­NIE CON­NOLLY cconnolly@ches­pub.com EAS­TON Fol­low me on Twit­ter @con­nie_s­tar­dem.

— Sum­mer tem­per­a­tures are mak­ing a slow de­par­ture, and fore­cast­ers say they may linger for the next two weeks.

Au­tumn is tak­ing its time tak­ing hold. Warmer tem­per­a­tures be­lie the fall dec­o­ra­tions and har vested fields. It seems too early to let go of sum­mer clothes and too soon to put away win­dow screens.

Me­te­o­rol­o­gist Chad Shafer of the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice in Mount Holly, N.J., said the chances of cooler weather on the Mid-Shore by Hal­loween are iffy.

“There’s a higher than av­er­age like­li­hood of above nor­mal tem­per­a­tures in Oc­to­ber and a higher than av­er­age pos­si­bil­ity of be­low nor­mal pre­cip­i­ta­tion,” Shafer said Thurs­day, Oct. 12.

As to when the Mid-Shore could see its first frost, Shafer couldn’t say. It’s lit­er­ally a 50-50 propo­si­tion whether we ex­pe­ri­ence freez­ing tem­per­a­tures on or near Hal­loween, Oct. 31.

“The prob­a­bil­ity is get­ting lower and lower that we’ll have a freeze be­fore that date,” Shafer said.

Peak fall fo­liage on the Mid-Shore de­pends more on sun an­gle than fall­ing tem­per­a­tures.

“One of the big­gest fac­tors in chang­ing leaves is the sun an­gle. Some species change sooner than oth­ers, but there does seem to be some in­di­ca­tion that calm weather and cool, but not freez­ing, tem­per­a­tures” are con­ducive to scenic fo­liage, Shafer said.

“This year is rel­a­tively quiet but rel­a­tively warm,” Shafer said. “It’s pro­gressed pretty typ­i­cally.”

For the most part, leaves are cling­ing to sum­mer. Fo­lia­genet­work.com re­ported “low color” fo­liage for the Mid-Shore area as of Oct. 12.

PHOTO BY CON­NIE CON­NOLLY

Th­ese bushel bas­kets full of color­ful mums were sold at Til­gh­man Ele­men­tary School on Sept. 27.

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