A week of Indian Summer


By meteomorris on 24 September 2018 · 0

It was getting colder in the Alps on Sunday and there was a little bit of snow in the high alpine on Monday. It wasn't because even the best webcams showed grey instead of white colors. After the considerable drop in temperature that was the result of a current turning to the north, high pressure will take over again the next couple of days. Storm depressions are therefore kept far from the Alps and the sunny weather is dominant. That can cause some morning mist in the valleys, the nights can be cold on the highest peaks, but it is just pleasant in the sun during the day.

Something that looks like white on the Grossglockner
Something that looks like white on the Grossglockner

The first change of colors can be observed around the tree line, while it often feels like summer in the valleys. We are in the transition to autumn with lots of sun, it feels like an Indian Summer. It's a term that goes back to the 18th century and has its origins in North America. In addition, some people are still discussing about whether the first mention concerns the English Indian Summer or the French 'Été Indien'. Anyway, the phenomenon they are talking about in North America is the same as with us in Europe. It's a period with sunny autumn weather where the nights are relatively cool, but it's really warm during the day for the time of the year. The leaves on the trees may already be changing colors, but there is no sign of winter yet.

Hogedruk aan het roer
Hogedruk aan het roer

How long will this weather last?

Well, at least up to Friday, but maybe even longer, although the models calculate more room for a northern current from this weekend. But if and when it comes is not clear yet and it is still questionable whether it reaches to the Alps. The weather will be calm the next couple of days.

Last winter started without precipitation and with lots of sun and there was little to report until the end of October. That changed in November. Five storms in a single month brought fresh snow every weekend. It was a perfect scenario. I will therefore not be sorry if October will be dry and sunny in the Alps. But only if lots of snow will come down in November.

Anyway, it's almost October and the countdown has started!

Stay stoked, Morris


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