Saturday, September 22nd, was the autumnal equinox. The week preceding this first day of fall was unlike the pre-autumnal weeks to which I’ve grown accustom. Minnesota is known for its temperate weather where summer transitions to winter, and fall is a wish that rarely comes true. Bracing for the worst, this harvest season seems to be more summer than winter. Warm winds and dry air continue to bathe the parched landscape, and fall is hiding somewhere in the shadows. I don’t object to this extension of summer, but I can’t help wonder if our departure from the norm is a harbinger of the future.
Today is September 27th and it is 82 ℉. Dry winds continue to blow stealing the remnants of moisture from our depleted wetlands. The build up to this fall is unlike any that I can recall, but it seems as if it is a pattern that is destined to become familiar.
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