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Your Favorite Season of the Year

posted by xscot mcknight

My question is not about which is your favorite sports season of the year but which is your favorite “weather” season of the year? We offer a slight pity party for those in southern California and Arizona and Texas and Florida. For those of us who know and love the seasons, which is your favorite? What do you most like about that season?
Www.weather.com has a poll on this.



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Jennifer

posted August 21, 2007 at 12:32 am


I love the fall…the crisp air and the changing leaves. The tree in front of my house is already showing a couple of red leaves. I’m ready!



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Rustin

posted August 21, 2007 at 12:40 am


There’s nothing like Fall. (I do admit that football and Fall baseball likely influence my opinion).



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Christine

posted August 21, 2007 at 1:39 am


Definitely autumn . . . my mother tells me that this was true even when I was a young child. I love the beauty of the colors and crunching in the leaves, enjoying crisp apples, autumn light, glorious days and cool nights.



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Cam

posted August 21, 2007 at 1:56 am


I’m surprised that (so far) spring and summer are not more popular! Still, I feel a compelled to continue this trend. It’s true: autumn (fall outside North America) is my favourite season. Not only because that’s when I was blessed to be wed to my gorgeous bride.



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Diane

posted August 21, 2007 at 3:42 am


For the longest time Fall, but now Spring is a favorite.



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Christine

posted August 21, 2007 at 4:26 am


Spring would be a close second for me, Diane, were it not for allergies!



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Rick

posted August 21, 2007 at 5:25 am


Fall. Warm days, cool nights, humidity has finally dropped, and football (especially college football).
It is also interesting to see how people from various parts of the country (therefore representing various types of weather) answer this question.



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Darryl

posted August 21, 2007 at 6:14 am


Spring, because of the long days and all the new growth, and summer, no matter how hot it is.



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kent

posted August 21, 2007 at 6:37 am


Fall – the weather, the colors, although not so much in Illinois, and the food.



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Scot McKnight

posted August 21, 2007 at 6:52 am


I’m a Fall person, too. When I was a kid I loved the smell of burning leaves, but few communities permit that anymore. One thing I love about the Fall is the brisk, cool morning that nips the nose as I leave the house.



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Joel Frederick

posted August 21, 2007 at 7:11 am


Fall in the east or Spring in the west. I have lived in both areas.
Fall in the east with the changes of colors is wonderful.
The renewal that occurs during Spring in Colorado is great as well. The backdrop of the white peaks, with the green stretching below.



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Brad Boydston

posted August 21, 2007 at 7:16 am


Been there. Done that. No pity needed. Seasons are so over-rated. I wouldn’t mind a little spring occasionally but living in endless summer ain’t so bad — thanks to Willis Carrier.



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joe

posted August 21, 2007 at 7:41 am


i love the fall when it is just warm enough during the day, but the morning and evening require a flanel or light jacket. very fresh and every day has a newness.



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Nathanael

posted August 21, 2007 at 7:47 am


I hate to be a copy cat here, but autumn is by far my favorite season of the year. I love the changing leaves, the cooler weather, everything about it.
Spring is definitely second, coming out of a cold, blustery winter…mmm, new life springing up all around, green sprouting everywhere.
I do enjoy living in Pennsylvania because we do experience all four seasons in their extremes. I love variety.



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discokvn

posted August 21, 2007 at 7:52 am


not to put too fine a point on it, but i love LATE fall/EARLY winter — cold air just seems to make everything seem alive to me…
you take that deep breath of the cold air and it just feels like you’ve truly exhaled. the rest of the year it just feels like you’re partially expelling the air from your lungs and a dirty remnant remains there, and you feel hindered…



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Matthew

posted August 21, 2007 at 8:05 am


I am not sure, but I think winter might be my favorite. As a kid, winter meant longer evenings inside to read by the wood stove. I love fireplaces, I love being warm, I love reading. Hot chocolate, cider and coffee are all better when it is bitter cold outside. I like the muffled sound of cars passing by when it is snowing.
BTW, many have mentioned the crisp air and the beauty of autumn. Those are also available all summer long in the Colorado mountains. The autumn air reminds me of camping as a kid and waking up in the crisp mountain air and starting the day with boiling coffee, a crackling fire, fresh air and nature all around.
But more important than any particular season is having four seasons. I appreciate the variety and the cycle of life, so to speak.



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Diane

posted August 21, 2007 at 8:22 am


Matthew,
My son Will loves winter too and wishes we had more snow. For the power of religious education, one of my earliest memories, at age 3, is of going to Sunday school in the fall and being sent with the class to each collect a leaf from a place on the side of the church where the ground sloped to the street. Later we sat in a circle and learned that God created the leaves we were holding. That made a great impression on me and I kept the yellow leaf I picked up for a long time (my first and possible only relic). Many, many years later I went back to that church and found that slope and tried to connect it back to that memory, not with the greatest of success as being there didn’t trigger any more memories, but I think that drive to touch the tangible reality behind memory motivates our collective search for the historic Jesus.



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Linda Gilmore

posted August 21, 2007 at 8:28 am


Maybe it’s from growing up in the Midwest — but fall is my favorite season too. I think October is usually the best month weather-wise in Kansas. Spring is beautiful once it warms up, but it’s so changeable here that sometimes we seem to go straight from winter to summer. In the fall the humidity drops, the nights are cool, the days are warm, and the light is lovely.
Some of this love of fall could be because it comes after summer. Summer is so beastly hot and humid, so by the time it starts to cool off we’re so relieved we fall in love with the season. While winter can be miserable and spring is certainly a welcome change, winter has a way of hanging around in fits and spurts even into April. Then it gets hot. And we long for fall.



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cas

posted August 21, 2007 at 8:28 am


You stole my thunder Scot. I was going to say we don’t have weather in SoCal … unless it’s the desert, where the heat is definitely weather.
My favorite season on the East Coast, NJ, is fall. The tourists have left the beach. The sky is usually clear and crisp. The ragweed has died, or is dying. Great weather for jogging.



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Matthew

posted August 21, 2007 at 8:30 am


Diane, way to synthesize the discussions!



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John W Frye

posted August 21, 2007 at 8:44 am


I’m with Diane (#5) as now Spring is my favorite, which is a hard thing to say in view of fantastic Michigan Fall colors, and, yes, the crisp air and low humidity.
I like early Spring when the bleakness of the Michigan winter is conquered by the faint greens of budding trees and bushes, promising the glorious burst of colors of new life!



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ChrisB

posted August 21, 2007 at 9:03 am


Texas has seasons. They are hot, bloody hot, hot with leaves in the yard, and less hot (where’d all the leaves go?). No, really spring in Texas can be really nice. Texas wild flowers are beautiful, it’s the perfect temperature to be outside, and spring storms can make the sky look really neat.
My wife’s family is in Missouri, so we visit for the holidays, and every Missouri winter makes me thank God I live in Texas.



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Heather

posted August 21, 2007 at 9:23 am


Joel (11) and Matthew (16)–I was very blessed to experience Colorado and it’s georgous mountains for the first time two weeks ago. The air is clean, the sky is so blue, and everywhere you look there are mountians! I can’t wait to visit again.
My favorite season is spring. I love summer’s sun, autumn’s leaves and brisk feel, and curling up with a hot cup of cider in the winter, but spring seems to bring everything full circle. The rain and the new growth and all of the colorful flowers are what does it for me!



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RJS

posted August 21, 2007 at 9:33 am


Fall – definitely. Some will probably object, but in addition to the cool sharpness of the air and the color change – there is the renewed excitement each year of a new academic year. For me this is the “New Year” and the New Year celebration and I love it.



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April

posted August 21, 2007 at 9:42 am


ChrisB – Since you live in Houston I noticed you forgot to add the part about humid, bloody humid, so humid you sweat continuously and your glasses fog up when you step out of your air conditioned car. I’m in Austin, btw. Not as sticky as your part of Texas, but it gets pretty darn humid here too. I love fall because it stops being quite so moist outside, and the temps drop below 85!



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theonlypj

posted August 21, 2007 at 9:58 am


Another Texan here, also in Austin. I like winter in Texas…you can actually walk around outside without exploding. And you don’t have to mow your lawn. Or the church lawn.



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kent

posted August 21, 2007 at 10:10 am


John #21. I lived in Western Michigan for 15 years. They don’t have spring, they just go straight to summer, with maybe a 90 minutes interval.



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John W Frye

posted August 21, 2007 at 10:17 am


Kent (#27),
Now, now, my friend. You know better than that. It’s at least a 120 minute interval :)



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Julie Clawson

posted August 21, 2007 at 10:20 am


Summer hands down. And I grew up in Texas which makes the brief and pathetically cool midwestern summers not quite perfect. I like it hot. I hate having to wear extra layers of clothes (a huge bother with my handicap anyway). I can always find ways to cool down in summer, but can never ever get warm in winter.



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Calvin

posted August 21, 2007 at 10:24 am


I like winter. Fall would probably be second in my opinion, though a very, very close second. I despise humidity so summer is right out. I love the Fall because of the changing colors and the crisp air, and the smell of pumpkin pie. But winter has the #1 spot because of the chilly weather, and the beautiful snow. There is nothing like curling up on a chair in front of your window on a cool day after a good 8 inches of snow has fallen and reading a good book with a hot cup of coffee. The best winters are those when snow falls in early to mid December and the ground remains white until February.



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Maria

posted August 21, 2007 at 10:35 am


This time of year is my favorite. We’ve enjoyed some heat and it’s been mostly sunny here in Seattle, but a cool soft rain has decended on us and it feels calming and familiar and becons us to settle into fall.



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BeckyR

posted August 21, 2007 at 11:55 am


Summer. Our summers are mild and if lucky, last into October. Hottest it gets is some days in August in the 90′s, a few in the 100′s. (though it’s been cloudy and rainy off and on the last couple weeks – ack!) Summer cuz it’s warm enough to do my favorite things – garden and get up in the forested mts by a stream either for the day or camp a couple days or a week. I do not like the cold, so am not into snow stuff. I do like looking at the pretty colors in leaves in early autumn when leaves are doing that, as long as I’m in something where it’s warm.



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BeckyR

posted August 21, 2007 at 12:06 pm


Oh yeh, and all the fresh produce summer brings starting with home grown (or home grown in someone’s house) strawberries. In a book I read the character was eating her first strawberry of the season and mused that because of strawberries there must be a God. Sounds good to me. Then cantaloupe, which surprisingly I’ve found mouth watering ripe ones this year, then watermelon, though watermelon is above the list from cantaloupe. Then fresh corn on the cob and home grown really ripened on the vine tomatoes. Especially cherry tomatoes. We usually have our own plot of a vegie garden for tomatoes and corn and lemon cukes. Anyone heard of lemon cucumbers? Don’t taste like lemons, just look yellow and round. Produce very little gas. But the last 2 yrs ill health has prevented us from doing our vegie garden. I miss the tomatoes most of all. Then in autumn come apples, love fuji apples, but then through winter it’s still apples. No other fresh fruit through winter, though by then even the apples are shipped in.



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steph

posted August 21, 2007 at 12:11 pm


FALL. For sure. Shorts and sweatshirt weather, when the mornings are frost-covered and the afternoons are in the 50′s and sunny and the sky is the most inexplicable shade of blue and the trees are on FIRE with color.
Yes.
Fall.



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BeckyR

posted August 21, 2007 at 12:16 pm


Oh! And I forgot to mention all the wonderful breathtaking colors of flowers in summer. I have a smallish flower garden, am a painter/artist and my plot of flower garden is my living canvas. Really. Plus getting in the dirt and the work of trimming the flowers and weeding, does good things for me. (unless the weeds get ahead of me.) Love the colors. And the joy that I grew it. There is something so miraculous that a plant so big can come from a seed so small.



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BeckyR

posted August 21, 2007 at 12:30 pm


Used to live in Key West and got used to the hot humid summers, but not the hurricanes. When it rained at least it was warm rain. Autumn and Spring in Key West are perfect. Thing about Key West as opposed to the rest of Florida is it’s a small island surrounded by water so there’s always the marine breeze of some sort, making the humidity tolerable. Mainline Florida, the humidity is smothering. We thought it funny that in Winter in Key West when it got to the 70′s, we’d be running around in coats and the tourists would be in shorts. Like Julie I love warmth, do not like cold. I thrive in warmth. I’d like snow if it could be warm! (-: But we moved back to the Pac NW because we missed the mts and the forests. Really missed the mts. Used to drive to Miami just to see a hill. Or a bump that could resemble a hill. If only we could have more warm seasons and a warm ocean with pretty fishies, it’d be perfect.



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Peggy

posted August 21, 2007 at 12:53 pm


Currently in Washington State, after 2 decades in So. Cal (with a year in Hawaii and two years in Thailand), and growing up in Michigan…I have experienced plenty of different climates.
Fall has always been my favorite–love the colors of the leaves and the smell in the air and the warm sun with cool air. Having to rake all the leaves (as a kid in MI) was rewarded with jumping in the piles…and then wrapping hot dogs and corn and potatoes in foil, burying them in the leaves, and when the pile of leaves finished burning–DINNER! Alas, as Scot said, can’t do that anymore… :(
Hate being too hot…always easier to wear a sweater! We keep our house at about 65 degrees…when people come over, they tend to just keep their coat on! 8) (The heating of the house makes everything so dry and static.)
All those years in So. California (after Michigan and now Washington), I found it harder to keep track of time without the changing seasons…although once you’ve lived there, you do get a sense of weather patterns: the June haze that burns off around 11 am…the hot Santa Ana winds…the clear(er) winter sky–when you remember that there are big, snow-covered mountains near.
Thailand had lovely October-March warm days, cool nights (in the north, not in Bangkok!), then the hot/heat stroke season in April and May, followed by the crazy-in-the 100 degrees-100% humidity monsoon/sauna season in June-September (where nothing ever really dries out–I’m talking laundry here…)
…to everything there is a season…here’s to diversity ;)



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Kevin Twombly

posted August 21, 2007 at 2:22 pm


Fall! Being from New England we have 2 attractions: foliage and the NE Patriots!
Best weather around by far is in the Fall. Cool nights are great for sleeping and the humidity goes away!



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Ish Engle

posted August 21, 2007 at 2:38 pm


In Oklahoma we have three seasons, Summer, Winter and Tornado. Tornado is the only one I don’t like. :-)
But, when I was in high school and college in NY, I would have to say Fall was my favorite season.



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Dana Ames

posted August 21, 2007 at 2:46 pm


Fall for sure.
When I was very little in Montana, the leaf colors- and piles- were wonderful. In Montana, seeing the first Robin on the other side of winter was a big deal- meant the spring thaw was near, and the flowers would bloom in about six weeks- and I could soon go outdoors and play without the snowsuit- (think of the little brother in “A Christmas Story”. Yup, just like that…)
I really like the times of intensity- the changes of fall and spring, as well as a few days of the depth of winter. As I don’t care for the heat, the depth of summer is not on my list- but I love the planting and harvesting times. Apples, Becky, oh yes- along with sweet peppers of every hue- we even get purple ones around here!
Now if you like the Pacific coast, the very best time to come to northern California is the second and third weeks of September. Many tourists have gone home. Our County Fair is always the third weekend, and it’s small and very family-friendly- (We went every year, and before we turned the children loose in the carnival we made the rounds of all the animals and had fun petting the goats especially- our human kids enjoyed this even into their teen years.) The weather is phenomenal- spectacular fog-free days, sparkling colors and clean, fresh air, temps in the high 70s at the beach, long evening twilights where the deep green-blue ocean waves turn to silver horses galloping onto the shingle in the light of the rising moon…
Dana



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Phil Monroe

posted August 21, 2007 at 2:56 pm


Having just returned to Philly from NH and the White Mountains, I would say my favorite season is summer (80 degrees high, 50 degrees low). Perfect. Oh, and usually the Sox are still in contention so summer still has hope. For most people these temps would would be Fall weather though. The beauty of this weather in the summer is you get all the fresh veggies that summer brings but not the burning heat and humidity of Philadelphia.



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Mike Clawson

posted August 21, 2007 at 7:02 pm


I’ve lived my whole life in the Midwest (Ohio, Michigan and Illinois) and I love the Fall, especially September and October when it’s still relatively warm, but there’s still a hint of crispness in the air. And once I went to college I loved the Fall because it meant I got to go back to school and live with my friends again.



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Ted Gossard

posted August 21, 2007 at 7:04 pm


I’m in the same boat as Diane #5 and John #21. I used to like Autumn best, but now opt for Spring. The cold season just seems so long here, and the budding of the leaves and the birds singing along with some warmth is a welcome if spotty, relief. But I still love Autumn (a close second), and only hope it’s long (we had a nice long Autumn a few seasons ago), and I like Summer and Winter, probably in that order.



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Scott M

posted August 21, 2007 at 7:18 pm


What are these seasons of which you speak? 8)



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Diane

posted August 21, 2007 at 7:39 pm


Christine,
Yes, the allergies can be bad.
Becky,
When I was pregnant with my first child 17 years ago, my husband and I took a trip to the Florida Keys. It dropped to about 70 while we were in Key West and yes, we were amazed to see people in scarfs and gloves talking about how cold it was. To us, it was warm and wonderful.



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BeckyR

posted August 21, 2007 at 10:50 pm


Dang! I’m the only one who likes summer? In the Pac NW the summers are mild enough. When it is in the 90′s or the occasional 100, nothing better than to sit in one of the cooler mt streams. Or hop from air conditioned place to air conditioned place. No, mt stream is better. But other than those hot days I love the moderate warmth and if there’s humidity it doesn’t register.



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Heather

posted August 21, 2007 at 10:55 pm


Becky, I think summer would be my favorite in any place where it wasn’t humid. When I was in Colorado, it was about 90 the whole time, and it was the same when I came back to Chicago, but it felt much worse. It’s like you’re swimming…ew. But cool streams sound lovely right about now!



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Scot McKnight

posted August 21, 2007 at 10:57 pm


BeckyR,
You PacNW folks have milder summers than we do. The flowers — that’s what we remember about Oargun.



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Peggy

posted August 21, 2007 at 11:20 pm


BeckyR,
Spring and summer flowers and weather are lovely, yes…but this is the first summer in seven years that I have been well enough to enjoy it (and I didn’t stop sneezing until the middle of July!)…and it’s exhausting with three busy boys buzzing around. I’m particularly looking forward to this fall, as my youngest will be in first grade 8)
Next spring, if we can put in a garden, then summer may move up some…but nothing beats the colors and smells of fall…something about the smell of the air hits “happy” in my brain!



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Camassia

posted August 22, 2007 at 11:44 pm


Summer. I seem to run cold, so I like the weather hotter than most other people do. (If only they wouldn’t turn the air conditioning up so high!) Plus, I really like the long days.



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