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Do you tag a season based on the weather or on the official calendar?

Asked by Dutchess_III (46938points) December 21st, 2017

For example, today is the first day of winter, but as far as I’m concerned it’s been winter for two months.
To me, fall means it’s cooling off and the leaves are changing color. Once all the leaves have fallen, and the trees are bare and I have to run my heater, as far as I’m concerned it’s winter, damnit!

If you had a story to tell about something that happened prior to December 21st, say, on December 5th, and wanted to place the person listening into the scene, would you say it happened in the fall or in the winter?

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ragingloli's avatar

Spring means spring flowers and freshly growing leaves.
Summer means unbearable heat.
Autumn means brown and dying leaves.
Winter means snow.

zenvelo's avatar

What do you call the period between the leaves falling and the first real snow (other than November)?

Yesterday was the last day of Autumn; I have made references since US Thanksgiving that it is “late Fall.” I generally go by the calendar when I make references.

But I do enjoy that “Midsummer’s Eve” is at the June solstice, not some time in August. According to the Irish Calendar, Summer starts on May 1.

Dutchess_III's avatar

For me, it’s more like July 1st. I don’t turn on the AC until then. I guess I base it on my use of my central air and heat.

For sure I don’t put my plants out until May 1st. It may seem warm and misleading in March and April, but sure as hell we have at least one freeze left before May 1st.

SergeantQueen's avatar

September, October, November is Fall
December, January, February, is Winter
March, April, May is spring
June, July, August is Summer

Dutchess_III's avatar

I agree @SergeantQueen. But according to the calendars most of December is fall. Winter doesn’t officially start until tomorrow.

SergeantQueen's avatar

Screw the calenders. I’m the Queen. I make the rules. Winter is December 1st

zenvelo's avatar

In the San Francisco Bay Area, Spring starts on President’s weekend, when the pear, plum, and cherry trees blossom.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

March is not spring. I was about thirty years old when I figured that out. Though Sgt Queen lives far enough south of me that we could both be right.

Spring is when the forsythia blooms where I live. Easy to remember because forsythia pops out bright yellow while the trees have no leaves and the grass is still brown.

Summer is when school’s out and people start taking off on vacations and work slows down.

Fall is after Labor day, when school starts again and people strap in to their seats to grind away at their jobs until the holidays.

In the US, Thanksgiving is the trailer for the upcoming winter and holidays. It’s still fall, but people start goofing off and get fat. People start wearing more clothing and it makes the train more crowded because everyone is the Michelin man.

Winter here at the front edge of the Central time zone begins when it gets dark at goddam 5 pm. WTF is that about. That ain’t right.

Also winter is here because everyone is slacking off and losing their minds for the holidays. I stop doing work that requires getting people on the phone or at meetings. I do maintenance and research kind of work, instead. It’s OK, there is plenty to do like that. It’s a relief. I get caught up on neglected and interesting projects.

NomoreY_A's avatar

In my neck of the woods it doesn’t matter the weather is so whacky. Whoever coined the phrase that, “If you don’t like the weather in Texas stick around a few days, it’ll change” was spot on. I have literally experienced a proverbial cold day in July. It’s been few years back, but I stopped to get gas one July morning after a thunderstorm had come through and thought I’d freeze my butt off. Other people were commenting too, like what the hell is happening, or I should have worn a coat, or this lS July, right? By the time I got where I was going the storm and cool air had moved off and it was hot and muggy again. Go figure…

Dutchess_III's avatar

Kansas is a lot like that too @NomoreY_A. I’ve experienced a 30 degree change in the temps in less than 10 minutes.

I can tell you that winter sure as hell hit this afternoon.

NomoreY_A's avatar

You can keep it lol

Pinguidchance's avatar

@Dutchess_III For example, today is the first day of winter, but as far as I’m concerned it’s been winter for two months.

The winter solstice (or hibernal solstice), also known as MIDWINTER, is an astronomical phenomenon marking the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere this is the December solstice and in the Southern Hemisphere this is the June solstice.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_solstice

Dutchess_III's avatar

I used to a guy who honestly didn’t realize the days actually got shorter and longer. He thought the only change was due to the day light savings thing. SMH.

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