A Shock to the System

In Houston there is no real fall.

Of course, this depends a lot on your definition of fall.  If “Fall” is a notation on the calendar (as in “First Day of Autumn”), well, our calendars are the same as yours.  But if fall is the season of gradual transition between the hot temperatures of summer and the cold temperatures of winter, the season of colorful leaves, crisp mornings and comfortable temperatures, then we do not really have autumn.

This week is the perfect example of our dramatic temperature change.  On Sunday it was hot and miserable, typical Houston late summer weather.  A vaguely cool morning tease turned into more heat and sun.  Monday a cold front came through.  Tuesday and Wednesday the mornings were chilly and I was comfortable in pants all day long.  Now the weather is warming up again, probably back to the heat of before.  The next time the temperature drops severely, it will probably be to our usual winter temperatures.

Going from high temperatures near 90 to highs barely in the 70s is a shock.  It makes what should be comfortable weather feel downright cold.   The fluctuations between cold and hot and cold again make everyone start feeling sick or aches and pains.  I love real fall, but Houston fall is tough.

I hope it stays cool, even if it means it will be too cool for camping.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. pat O'Neal
    Oct 21, 2011 @ 06:47:45

    Hey in Illinois we go camping when it’s 20 degrees and 30 mile an hour winds. I’M sure you can rough it if It gets down to what 50.


  2. Nicole W.
    Oct 21, 2011 @ 08:20:01

    Lol! Nice, I couldn’t agree more, Pat. I would kill for 70 degree weather and no wind in Illinois right now.


  3. YerMom
    Oct 21, 2011 @ 08:26:25

    I second you both! While we do have changing leaves, fall in Illinois means wind chill of 29 degrees this morning and a high of 74 degrees tomorrow. AC on, AC off, furnace on, furnace off. You have just been gone to long to remember:)


  4. deshipley
    Oct 22, 2011 @ 13:39:34

    Wow, look at all the Illinoisans! Chicagolander, here. (:
    We were getting some serious wind, a couple weeks ago. (Good thing most of the tree limbs that might have fallen on our power lines had already gotten their kicks over the summer. That was a grim couple of weeks, with a few teaser days of power in between.) Then there was a dim, rainy period, but we’ve got the sun back for now (huzzahs! Stick around ’til after I’ve have my boat ride on the lake next week, please!). You can feel we’re working our way toward winter, though. Not particularly looking forward to that; last year’s was brutal, and my family’s snowblower betrayed us. …for the umpteenth year in a row.


  5. Leigh Townsend
    Oct 22, 2011 @ 19:37:08

    Apparently I need to defend myself against the comments of Illinoisans… 😉
    I am aware that Texas does not get nearly as cold as Illinois, and you have your own fluctuations to complain about. But 86 one day to 68 the next is no picnic, let me assure you!
    My A/C is back on, by the way. The temperatures crept back up to a high of 87 today. The cool weather was just a tease.


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