It's 50 here in northern CT! (Not putting the heat on until October!) Get outside and enjoy this glorious autumn weekend weather! I might just get myself a pumpkin latte and a cider donut.....
"Frost Advisory Remains in Effect For Portions Of Northeast Vermont This Morning
Temperatures have dropped into the lower to mid 30s this morning across northeastern Vermont. This has likely resulted in the development of frost across portions of Essex and Caledonia counties in Vermont." (National Weather Service).
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot
Our DEEP (Dept of Energy and Environmental Protection) designates the northern tiers of our state in a "severe drought". No rain for the next 8 days..... I agree, not sure how this will affect the duration of the season, but it is at the moment, pushing out some brilliant sparklers in the higher elevations. During my recent hikes, the streams are dried up, the rivers (Housatonic, Farmington, etc.) are all very low, ponds are retracting several feet.
With occasional breezy/windy conditions, we are also on fire danger alerts. Not sure about up there but we all must remain vigilant in this respect.
Temperatures will drop near to or below freezing overnight for much of the North Country. A Freeze Warning is in effect from midnight tonight until 8 AM Saturday for northern New York and the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Meanwhile, Frost Advisories are in effect for the rest of Vermont (except Grand Isle) for the same time period.
With conditions like this, in conjunction with all those bright sunny days, I wouldn't be surprised if some peak conditions appear towards the end of next week in parts of the NEK. My friend just got to the Jay area and sent me a picture of the top half of a hillside almost 50% turned.
I'm tending to agree with Tim's (our board owner) thoughts that peak could be a week early up in the northern tiers this season. Maybe two?
We are having our first frost in northern CT tonight, about 3 weeks earlier than "normal". 30's tonight - just can't believe it happened so fast! That's New England for ya!
PS We need rain!!!!!