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With highs of 95, can it really be fall?

Posted Wednesday, September 22, 2010, at 12:54 PM

"Shine on, shine on harvest moon, up in the sky ..."

Officially, by the calendar, my favorite season is finally here. Today is the first day of autumn, and though a hint of fall was in the air on a couple of evenings last week, the temperature readings on the digital signs don't much look like fall. Ninety-five degrees?

Besides record-setting high temperatures for this time of year, my allergies have been kicking up with a few record-setting sneezing fits. Ragweed? Corn stalk dust? Whatever is causing it, a little rain and cooler temperatures would be nice.

The weather people are saying this year's temps and lack of rain will cause the leaves to not be quite as colorful this year. Could be, but here's the guide for the colors of trees when they do turn: Oaks turn red, brown or russet colors; hickory turns a golden bronze; dogwoods will be purplish red; birch, bright yellow; poplar, golden yellow; and the maples can turn all kinds of colors with sugar maples an orange red, black maples glowing yellow and red maples bright scarlet.

The leaf cams sponsored by the Indiana Office of Tourism are up and running again -- they went live online on Sept. 10 and will stay on through Nov. 12.

The one in Brown County overlooking a wide valley most accurately depicts the rate the leaves are changing in Greene County. Usually the peak of the leaf viewing season falls in the second and third weeks of October.

Other leaf cams that are up this year are at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and Spring Mill State Park.

To check the leaf cams, visit http://www.in.gov/visitindiana/leafcam/

The full moon also falls on Thursday and this one is called the "harvest moon."

The harvest moon is the full moon that falls closest to the autumnal equinox and it always appears bigger and brighter than other full moons because it hangs low in the sky.

I'm hoping it's not one of those moons that causes people to be running around doing crazy things that gets their name in the paper. It's a good time to just sit back and peacefully enjoy the show from a porch swing.

Anna is a staff writer for the Greene County Daily World. She can be reached by e-mail at indianarose@fastmail.us or by telephone at 847-4487 or 1-800-947-4487.



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