Indian Summer: What Does It Mean? September 09 2013, 0 Comments

When most people think of the month of September, images of Fall leaves, brisk weather, boots, sweaters, and jackets come to mind. As the summer season sadly comes to a close, here in Northern California, our Summer heat waves just begin to ramp up during the late Summer and early Fall months and we call this our Indian Summer. But what exactly is an Indian Summer and how did this title come about?

Why is Indian summer called Indian summer? There are many theories. Some say it comes from the early Algonquian Native Americans, who believed that the condition was caused by a warm wind sent from the court of their southwestern god, Cautantowwit.

The most probable origin of the term, in our view, goes back to the very early settlers in New England. Each year they would welcome the arrival of a cold wintery weather in late October when they could leave their stockades unarmed. But then came a time when it would suddenly turn warm again, and the Native Americans would decide to have one more go at the settlers. "Indian summer," the settlers called it.

Regardless of why we get Indian Summers here in NorCal, it's my favorite time of the year. I love going to the beach during the time of year when kids are back in school and the majority of the tourists have gone back home leaving the beach to those of us who are still here to enjoy the fog giving way to a rare, warm, coastal day.

What's your favorite time of the year? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.