September in August?

August 28th, 2010

Ask any Shelter Islander which month on the island is most magical and many will claim September. There is the tired jest that it’s the month when the locals “get their island back” from the visitors, but it’s really about the weather. So what happens when you get that special September weather for the last week or so of August? It’s amazing.

What makes September weather special is the crispness and clarity of the air. The humidity is blown away by cool air from the north and yet the water retains the warmth It gained from the summer and the sun remains strong taking on an angular golden quality as the season progresses.
In September the crickets sing all day, punctuated by the other-worldly buzz of cicadas. At night the peepers, those cute little singing tree frogs, are still in full effect.

August is the busiest month of the year on Shelter Island, but when it feels like September the island just seems even (if you can believe it) more relaxed as if you’ve been tricked into thinking the summer is over. But thankfully, it’s not.

The weather report looks fantastic and Septembery for the coming week. A great way to finish August. And then, of course, there is that whole month of September….


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