Tuesday, October 6, 2009

October heat

Ah, yes. October. The month I met my husband. The month I got married. (Not the same year.) Once October was beautiful in Texas, our best month: cool air, blue sky, warm sunshine, lots of lovely grasses.

Today we're told the heat index will reach 109 in Houston. Now I ask you: where do I lodge my protest?

In September, we had all the rain we didn't have in the summer. Now we have gardens! Blooms like spring. And weeds...oh, my, do we have weeds! Our poor confused pear tree is even blooming.

Actually, that's kind of interesting. She has bloomed before in the wrong season, misinterpreting drought as winter (obviously not registering the temperature). But now, it's just one limb, the limb that has sat throughout the summer leafless, looking for all the world as though it had died. Nope. Just waiting, I suppose.

Well, I'm waiting, too. For Autumn. Fall. For 78 degree days instead of 78 degree nights.

For October light. Last year we got it in mid-November. What's on the docket for this year? December? Autumn for Christmas?

Here's a contest: Pick a temperature for Christmas Day, and go on record for it. (I will say that 75 degrees fahrenheit is not unusual for us, even "normally.") I'll pick 81. I'll send the person closest to the right temp a cactus.

If I'm right, I'll hide somewhere and weep.

19 comments:

nativebob said...

Partner, I do hope you're wrong. I'm thinking probably a high of 56.
Regardless,have a wonderful autumn.

jinksy said...

We're so used to odd weather in UK, I've stopped feeling surprised at any of it!

maryg said...

Wishful thinking for sure, but I'm shooting for 67. It simply MUST be under 70.

Anonymous said...

It's 54* in the Panhandle today...
Surely somewhere between here and Winedale October is normal.

JKM said...

If I read it right, according to the National Weather Service, the "normal" temperatures for Christmas Day in Houston are:
High: 62 Low: 50
Record high: 73 in 1982
Record low: 14 in 1983
I was living in Houston for both records and I well remember that 14 low.
With that said, it seems like during my childhood years in the '50's that we started having noticeably milder temps in early September and seems like that doesn't start till much later now.

pjhornberger said...

I'm going for 78... I know, I know... I'm just wishing and hoping...

Curtis said...

I say that the high temp. will be 48 degrees on Christmas day.

dottiebutter said...

I predict 69 degree's

Michael said...

64 degrees, with bright golden sunshine. Low of 46.

Bdogs said...

I remember several Christmases when we turned the AC on so we could have a fire. Also, I remember that 14 degree low--for several days, killing our golden raintree.

The Weaver of Grass said...

I have to say that when I was in Houston I found the humidity hard to bear. Here in UK we usually have very mild weather at Christmas - mild, damp and dull - rather boring. Each year we hope for snow and a Bing Crosby White Christmas - but it rarely happens. Probably in our neck of the woods the temperature will be around ten.
Thanks for calling to see me - I haven't seen you around for a while so it is nice to read you again.

Dave in Montgomery,Tx said...

My guess is 56 degrees

Anonymous said...

I remember the 1983 winter,too. Pipes frozen and broken all over the neighborhood. One of the neighbors must have called in a favor and somehow secured a plumber. Once his plumbing problems were resolved the rest of the neighbors got in line. That plumber worked several days going from one house to the next up and down our street.

Jonny

donald said...

I say the temperature on Christmas day will be 87. A cactus must be Hale to autograph. Couldn't resist.

donald said...

Also, hey to UK Jinksy and the Weaver of grass. My daughter just returned from three weeks in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Had great time. Did say petro was $17 a gallon and our dollar is only worth half of the pound.

Mary of Egypt said...

Come to Scotland. It is always autumn. (Or Spring?)

Sydney said...

HI there -- I've been sick for over a week, and my husband for over 10 days before that, so catching up.

I am really hoping it is not that hot on Christmas. I'd heard about Texas X-mases spent in shorts but of the three I've been here for, they were all pleasantly cool or cold. Was it 4 years ago that it actually snowed?

I'm going to say 67. My husband, if he can join in, says 65! I hope it's more like 52 or 49 though! :-)

Ralph W. said...

83 - I am hoping for 38 but feel like 83 is a better guess. I remember the white Christmas 4 or 5years ago. That was such a treat.

salsez said...

I am saying 58 chilly degrees.
( it was hard not to look at the comments!)