the last couple of days have been beautiful? The squirrels and birds
have certainly been taking advantage of the nice weather to fatten up at
According to Wikipedia: “An Indian summer
is a meteorological phenomenon that occurs in autumn, in the Northern
Hemisphere. It is characterized by a period of sunny, warm weather,
after the leaves have turned following an onset of frost, but before the
Why Indian? Well, no one knows. It first shows up in writing in 1778, in a letter from French-American farmer named St. John de Crevecoeur who wrote:
the rain is followed by an interval of calm and warmth which is called
the Indian Summer; its characteristics are a tranquil atmosphere and
Chances are we will never know the origin of the phrase but some theories are:
• When European settlers first came, Native Americans were the first to point out the pattern.
• The haziness of the Indian Summer weather was caused by prairie fires deliberately set by Native American tribes.
• It was the period when Native American peoples harvested their crops.
• The phenomenon was more common in what were then North American Indian territories.
In a parallel with other 'Indian' terms it implied a belief in false
promise by an Indian and that an Indian summer was a false copy of the
It relates to the marine shipping trade in the Indian Ocean; trading
ships used this good weather period to travel to the Indian Ocean.
Several ships actually had an "I.S." mark on their hulls at the load
level thought safe during the Indian Summer.