Indeed, we would welcome Indian Summer. Here in the SW corner of Missouri, we skipped Fall altogether. We have leaves freezing on the trees and then falling. There are toads hopping into the house when the door is opened. Birds are pecking at the roof, desperate to get in. Squirrels are lodging in the attic. We anticipate Winter will be six months long. Hope we are wrong. We've had a wonderfully mild autumn so far in WNY, but cold has finally descended with snow showers and falling temps in the 20s.
Hopefully, we'll still be able to enjoy our "Indian Summer" yet to come. We had a much colder October than usual and now have sunny days, chilly nights, beautiful sunsets and warm days with no wind, it is just simply delightful! Indian Summer? Fire Season? Here in the foothills of the Sierra mountains in No California rain just doesn't want to come around.
Loving the 70 degree days and 40 degree nights, but we need rain so badly. John de Crevecoeur. The letter was first published in French. The essay remained unavailable in the United States until the s. Although the exact origins of the term are uncertain,  it was perhaps so-called because it was first noted in regions inhabited by American Indians, or because the Indians first described it to Europeans,  or it had been based on the warm and hazy conditions in autumn when American Indians hunted.
In literature and history, the term is sometimes used metaphorically. The title of Van Wyck Brooks ' New England: Indian Summer suggests an era of inconsistency, infertility, and depleted capabilities, a period of seemingly robust strength that is only an imitation of an earlier season of actual strength. The main character, jilted as a young man, leads a solitary life until he rediscovers romance in early middle age.
In British English , the term is used in the same way as in North America. However, early 20th-century climatologists Gordon Manley and Hubert Lamb used it only when referring to the American phenomenon, and the expression did not gain wide currency in Great Britain until the s.
Some people restrict the term to several days of warm weather after there has already been a frost. By the 20th century, the term had displaced earlier ones like all-hallown summer , St.Oct 11, · October spells "Indian summer" for San Francisco, a time when the city enjoys a short heat wave after months of summer fog. But the term may carry bad connotations depending on who you ask. less.