Sep 26, 2006

Finally, a feel for fall

Southern Norway, and especially the western coast, i.e. my neck of the woods, has been experiencing a record-breaking warm September. It is September 26th and we are still experiencing summer temperatures. Today's high for Bergen was 19C/66F; tomorrow's forecast is for 17C/63F. The norm is a maximum of 15C/59F, with 12C/54F being typical. Heck, 12C is actually the typical temperature for around here, winter or summer. But not this year.

Usually, there is one day in mid-August, where you go to bed to that smoky wood smell of autumn, and wake up to crisp air and go hunt for your gloves. Then it's back to normal, but that one moment of sharp drop in temperature heralds the change in season and reminds plants and trees to start pulling back and going to sleep. This year, we haven't had a single moment like that yet.

Today, with my jacket wide open and dressed in thin, cool linen pants, I nevertheless managed to get a whiff of autumn, thanks to something else typical of Bergen: Rain. For the first time since summer, rain closed in, in heavy, low clouds and made the afternoon dark early. The twilight and water outside made me think of the dark half of the year and therefore reminded me of autumn. It also made me realize I wasn't dressed for a walk home in such downpour so I took the bus and a picture.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

So ein mist! Scheisse. Hundwetter! Wohoo! Eg rocker i tysken :P Meeh... eg liker ikkje regn... eller... Jo eg gjør det. Då får eg ikkje dårlig samvitiighet når eg sitter inne på dataen XD Fint bilde :D *moseklem* Du har monsterbeins0r! hihi

Keera said...

Ach, du lieber. ;-)

Tim said...

Tell me about it! Ever since I moved here, that cool August/September morning rolled in like clockwork. Not this year, though. I've actually been swimming a few times a week down at the lake, and that wasn't even probable the past few years in september. Not unless I wanted my leg hairs to retract clear up to the inner-receses of my brain. The water is still warm, though, and I'm taking advantage of it.

Keera said...

It's been an exceptional summer and we've had exceptional heat right up till now. I am very curious about how the winter will be, if we go from one extreme to another.

Ole Blue The Heretic said...

LOL, here in Southern Louisiana in the US 19C/66F is cold!

Keera said...

It's all relative, you know. :-)