Autumn temps taking their time
— 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.
These bushel baskets full of colorful mums were sold at Tilghman Elementary School on Sept. 27.