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article imagePhoto essay: Fall arrives, but signs of summer remain in Virginia Special

By Leigh Goessl     Oct 3, 2012 in Lifestyle
Autumn has arrived, but signs of summer are still lingering in Northern Virginia. Last month the region saw definite signs of fall emerge, however warmer temperatures have returned this week.
Recently, jackets came out, temperatures dipped down to around 45 degrees Fahrenheit at night, and scents of barbeques began to be replaced by those of fireplaces. However, on a warm day like today, you'd never know it, other than the fall hues that are becoming increasingly diversified.
Football, a perennial favorite each year, is now in full swing, and the Nationals just won the NL East title, this is the first time Washington has seen Major League postseason several decades. This means the city will have October baseball for a change.
While sports is a big focus this autumn, it is also the time of year retailers began to put out their autumn-themed displays, and many local fall festivals, corn mazes and ghost tours have begun.
It appears Mother Nature has other ideas in mind as glimpses of summer continue to emerge. The aforementioned cool dip didn't last long, as the humidity has kicked up again and temperatures are expected to reach the mid-80s this week. As the leaves have started to crinkle and float to the ground, and flowers retire for the season, some hold-outs in Northern Virginia might give the impression that winter isn't exactly on it's way.
Marigold flowers
Marigold flowers
This critter rests upon grass that has partially retired for this season
This critter rests upon grass that has partially retired for this season
Then again, we can always rely on retailers to remind us winter is on the way, as Christmas decorations are already on some shelves alongside the Halloween displays.
However, those in the region might want to enjoy these days while they last. It is not uncommon for Northern Virginia to see warm temperatures through December, however, forecasts are that the entire east coast will see a snowier winter.
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