The autumn season is in full swing. To many people autumn is just the season that comes between the heat of summer and the cold of winter, but to me, autumn is the most beautiful season of all. Aside from the comfortable temperatures of the season, autumn, at least in the north east, comes with the wonderful coloring and falling of leaves. I know that cleaning up leaves can be tedious and annoying, but just the sight of the fall foliage is enough to make the seemingly endless raking and bagging worth it. I find it extremely relaxing to just sit in a park and watch the trees, and seeing bundles of colorful leaves blow through the air has always been an object of my enjoyment. As a child I loved fall for two reasons, for one it signified the season of my birth, which is always a good time for a child. The second reason I enjoyed the fall was because it meant I could be serenaded by the melody of crunching leaves as I marched to school every morning. I am proud to say that my reasons for enjoying fall, however childish they were, have not changed much in my adulthood. Seasons are great because they always come back around, and while all seasons have their “haters,” I am sure autumn is the most loved and comfortable of them all.
New York City is officially in a heat wave, and it seems like this one will last for a while. A heat wave is an extended period of high temperatures and humidity, and for the past week or so, the city has been hammered with this hot weather. I can usually stand hot temperatures, as long as it is relatively dry, but in New York City, it is so humid that sweat can begin to drop as soon as you get outside. I would love it if the weather here was a bit more like Nevada in the summer, but unfortunately, we have been blessed with the presence of the Atlantic Ocean, and the moisture it presents. Heat waves seem to be extremely dangerous and fatal in New York due to our high population, and the amount of elderly people we have living here. Over the past couple of years, dozens of people have died due to the heat, with many others passing away because of the electrical malfunctions that come with the excessive power drain of heat wave temperatures. In an densely populated city, like New York, a heat wave causes tremendous stress on the infrastructure, so power outages are a normal occurrence. During a time like this, it is wise to stay cool, and to stay indoors when possible. It is kind of late in the year for this kind of weather, but it seems like we will be in for a warmer September than usual. As a life long New Yorker, I would gladly take a warm September over a freezing cold winter, but I honestly hope temperatures get back to a moderate rate soon. Autumn is my favorite season, and not only because I was born in October, but also due to the comfortable nature of the season. I guess I’ll just enjoy the heat while I wait for the inevitable cold of the winter season.