Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Original Explanation of Indian Summer

From "Inside New England" by Judson Halem, Editor-in-Chief of Yankee magazine. Page 102

It's not unusual to have plenty of warm weather after the first tiger frost. "Indian summer," people will say. But it isn't Indian summer. Indian summer arrives only after many cold days, when the trees are bare, after we've already had a good sample spoonful of the winter ahead. Then it turns warm for a few days, maybe even for a week. That was a time our early settlers learned to dread. They would welcome the arrival of the cold, wintry weather because then they could finally leave their stockades without worry and prepare their fields for the next spring. Native Americans didn't liked to attack in cold weather. But if it suddenly turned warm and summery again, the Indians would often decide to have one more go at the settlers even though it was no longer their normal raiding season. "Indian summers," the settlers called it.

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