It’s October first and it feels like fall.
In Southern California, fall means the air is so dry it almost crackles.
(Please pass the hand and body lotion!)
The air is so clear you feel like you can touch the mountains while standing on the beach.
Santa Ana winds, or the threat of them, are a subject of constant attention.
It’s hot … and many days are hotter than hot.
If the temperature drops into the 80’s everyone brings out their boots and scarves.
The leaves on most trees don’t turn fall colors.
They turn brown (maybe) and then they’re blown off the trees by wind gusts which can easily reach 60mph.
Concerns about wild fires run rampant.
The hummingbirds haven’t migrated anywhere – why would they?
You can buy pumpkin flavored everything – anywhere.
If you feel festive you might order a pumpkin coffee – iced, of course, because of the heat.
Most people have colds and/or eye/sinus issues due to the dry air and winds.
It seems like everyone is sniffling and/or rubbing their eyes.
There are heavily publicized heat advisories, wind advisories, and “red flag” fire warnings.
The locals are back to enjoying the beaches now that the tourists are gone.