I Did Not Expect an Indian Summer This Year

Midland, Michigan
October 5, 2015 11:27am CST
For two weeks in August we had unseasonable cold weather. Our August's are usually in the mid to high eighties if not hotter yet, in Michigan. This year we had two weeks where it didn't get much warmer than the mid-sixties. We had our normal August weather in July. In September it finally got warm and stayed there most of the month. The average was eighty degrees F. Once October hit, it went back into the fifties with the nights getting as low as the low forties. Pretty brisk in comparison. Each year I want to wait as long as possible before turning on the heat, and this year is no exception. This coming week it's supposed to hit seventy degrees one day with the rest of the week in the sixties. I don't know whether it's being earmarked as an 'Indian Summer' , but either way I didn't expect warmer weather once again. Knowing this was headed our way is why I've left the thermostat in the house alone even though I'm pretty cold inside.
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@sofssu (14749)
6 Oct 15
Where I live It always warm/hot.Indian summers are the norm.. we have little or no winters.
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• Midland, Michigan
6 Oct 15
That would certainly be nice. I'm hoping that one day in the future we can move and live closer to Tennessee or maybe one of the Carolina's. I know that North Carolina does get snow, but it's minimal compared to what we get in Michigan. I don't know what the term 'Indian Summers' means in other parts of the world, but around here we view it as warmer weather later in the fall when it's been colder. It can last about one week, but sometimes it's only a few days long. There are places in the USA where the springs/summers and fall is quite hot. We don't refer to that as Indian summers also, as it's the normal climate for that part of the world.
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@sofssu (14749)
9 Oct 15
@MarshaMusselman The actual Indian summers last forever.. sometimes right into winter.. LOL
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@marlina (56978)
• Canada
5 Oct 15
We have already put on the furnace quite a few times already, out of the question to feel cold in here because of health reasons.
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• Midland, Michigan
5 Oct 15
My husband still runs the fan sometimes; he gets hotter faster than I do.. Next week we'll probably turn it on some.
@SIMPLYD (72937)
• Philippines
8 Oct 15
Maybe it's what we call Climate Change . Here in the Philippines , we expect it to be colder , but still it's always hot about 26-27 degrees Celcius .
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• Midland, Michigan
8 Oct 15
I think certain aspects of the weather tend to run in streaks in a sense. We'd almost have to jot down what's happening regarding it every day of the year to go back and see whether it was that way previously or not. There are certain things we tend to expect during certain seasons, but I'm sure when it's different, that's not the first time it's different. In fact, the weather channel sows the average for each day of the year, and then the highs and the lows as each day comes. From that we can see that this year is generally not the first time it's been either this high or this low, depending on what it's doing that day.
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@SIMPLYD (72937)
• Philippines
8 Oct 15
@MarshaMusselman Thank you for elucidating that . Indeed , we more or less know that somehow a certain occurrence in the weather has happened before .
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• Midland, Michigan
8 Oct 15
@SIMPLYD just maybe not in our lifetime, or our remembrance. You'd have to keep track diligently to know for sure since it's hard sometimes to remember what we ate yesterday for lunch or something.
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@buddha3 (1029)
• India
6 Oct 15
haha :D I like that - ├Źndian Summer'. Imagine how we bear such heat here in India :( It sucks
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• Midland, Michigan
8 Oct 15
Until more recently, I'd have traded your heat for our sort-of warm summer weather, anytime. As I'm getting older, I still prefer it warmer, but my husband is miserable and runs the fans constantly. That makes me colder again, so I've learned to like it around the seventy degree mark (Fahrenheit). I still need a sweater, but at least I'm not chilled from too many fans running.
@buddha3 (1029)
• India
8 Oct 15
@MarshaMusselman It's the same between me, my father and my mother. My father and I need fans running all the time but my mother can't tolerate it for more than an hour!!
@jaboUK (48827)
• United Kingdom
14 Oct 15
We've had to have our heating on these last few days as It's been pretty chilly, especially in the mornings when we get up. Your temperatures sound a bit erratic.
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• Midland, Michigan
15 Oct 15
I think by now the normal/average temps would usually be in the fifties if we're lucky with the lows into the lower forties or so. It's gotten that low many nights, but it's still in the sixties during many days recently. Tomorrow it may get into the seventies again, or the higher sixties, but today and a few days ago it barely made it to the mid-fifties. Even then, it's seemed a bit warmer recently than it was when I wrote this, I think. It's almost warm enough to leave the windows open in the daytime hours. I'm sure the heat will be on more often soon enough. Our temps aren't usually this erratic most Autumns. Usually they stay the course with chilly weather. Last Saturday people were out playing tennis and golfing and other outdoor activities.
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@salonga (27838)
• Philippines
8 Oct 15
The weather has become so unpredictable. In our country, it is predominantly warm but when it rains it is usually heavy causing floods in many areas.
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• Midland, Michigan
9 Oct 15
If flooding is that common, that wouldn't be very good at all. There are common places in America that flood most years too especially when it rains for weeks in a row. It causes the rivers to overflow their banks. We've seen areas near my father-in-law's home that you have to find alternate routes.
@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
8 Oct 15
Here in NZ we've had summer temperatures alreasy, although it's only Spring. Today was a tad cooler though.
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• Midland, Michigan
15 Oct 15
Most of our summer was odd too. We had August weather in July and October weather in August, and then August weather in September. I've no idea what month this month of October resembles as it's warmer and for longer periods of time. A few years ago we had summer weather in February which is usually quite cold around here, almost as bad as January can be. That year the fruit trees bloomed too early and then we had a killing frost and almost no fruit of any kind in the state that year. No one wants to repeat that.
@Tampa_girl7 (20971)
• United States
8 Oct 15
We are still experiencing summer temps of 90 degrees Fahrenheit .
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• Midland, Michigan
8 Oct 15
What is normal this time of the year in your part of the world, Marie? Kansas and North Carolina are the farthest states south that I've lived in the past, and I know the weather is quite different in all of them. We had a decent day today, sunny eventually and very nice. We worked on one house for the whole day. Tomorrow it was supposed to rain all day, but now it's pushed back until evening and won't last more than a few hours. Next week it may still be warm here again, quite unusual to have two weeks of nicer weather in October. I'm loving it.
@PainsOnSlate (18554)
• Canada
5 Oct 15
Our weather is crazy, we were sweating and then freezing and now its good again. I don't think weather will ever be the same now with Global Warming. We turned on our heat one morning just to warm up a bit.
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• Midland, Michigan
5 Oct 15
I don't believe there's such a thing as global warming. Wat goes around comes around. From here on out we'll know more since technology is keeping track.
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@allknowing (54663)
• India
15 Oct 15
Weather is indeed acting odd the world over. Just make the best of it when it does show up the way you like it.
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@TheHorse (48453)
• Pleasant Hill, California
6 Oct 15
We're finally getting some cool Fall weather here in the Bay Area. I expect our usual Indian Summer later in October.
• Midland, Michigan
6 Oct 15
When we have one ours is usually the first week or October or so, but because last month was so warm, I'm a bit surprised that it's warming up again so soon. The nights have been quite chilly still, but now it's not so cold in the house again. The warmest day forecast this week, it's supposed to rain 80% of the day, we'll see how that goes.
@Susan2015 (17512)
• United States
7 Oct 15
We are kind of having an Indian summer now. There have been times already here that I've cranked up the furnace in the morning.