Dave Longley’s Blog: Where’d I put that hoodie?

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Welcome to fall.  At least that’s what it felt like the past few days.

Am I wrong to not feel all that bad about the recent cool weather?

The high temperature for Tuesday July 25th was 66 degrees in Syracuse.

  • That makes it the coldest July 25th since 1920 (nearly 100 years).
  •  It’s only the 4th time that the high was in the 60s in the month of July in Syracuse since 1902.

Are you a fan of the cooler weather, or do you like it hot?

Incidentally, we are just crawling out of the climatologically warmest time of the year. 

The lawns for sure like it.  They’re nice and green.  That’s quite a change from the tinder box we had last year when we were in the midst of a developing severe to moderate drought.

I know my multiple sclerosis symptoms have liked it.  I become a “hot mess” when I get overheated.  I can’t walk very steady and I get knocked down and dragged out tired.

The leaden gray skies of the past couple of days have certainly reminded me of fall.  Fall is my favorite season.  The crisp nights, fall colors, the scent of cinnamon and apples permeating throughout the house are a few of my favorites.  I also love the full moons of fall.

  • September 6th – Corn or Harvest Moon
  • October 5th – Hunter’s Moon
  • November 4th – Beaver or Frost Moon

I also have some go to comfort foods that are reserved for the cooler time of year.  I like bringing those out of summer hibernation.

Hey, have you noticed the shorter daylight?  Since the summer solstice, we’ve lost about 20 minutes of daylight in the morning and about 15 minutes in the evening.  So, available daylight is about a half hour less than we had a little over a month ago.  I’ve certainly noticed the morning daylight change when I get up at 5:30 to begin my day.  It’s a bit darker now.  The pace of daylight shortening will really start to pick up now.  A month from now, we’ll have lost another half hour of daylight in the morning and nearly 45 minutes of light in the evening.

One landmark is that just before the beginning of the State Fair, sunset is before 8 in the evening. 

As the kids head back to school, sunrise is roughly around 6:30 and sunset is around 7:30.

Of course that triggers the famous question:  When do we turn the clocks back?  Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 5th.  (or you turn the clocks back 1 hour when you go to bed November 4th)

I’d love to hear your thoughts.  You can always comment on my Facebook page or send me an e-mail.

I’ll be gone the next couple of weeks, so there won’t be any blog posts.  There’s plenty of excitement heading our way in August — namely the solar eclipse (we’ll see 65%-70% of the sun eclipsed here in Central New York) on August 21st and the beginning of the State Fair on August 23rd.  Yes, that’s one day earlier than usual.  Until then.

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