Unseasonably Fall


Natalie Sowers, Staff Reporter

Burrr! It’s finally getting cold… With the added rain but hey, as long as it isn’t raging hot outside, we’re making progress.

This year’s fall took quite a while to come around. Scorching football games, melting ice cream and smelly armpits, only now are we starting to get that sweet, sweet cool breeze that signals a change in season. People are getting out the witches brooms and skeletons for good ol’ Spook-tober, excited for a scary Halloween.

“I feel like fall should be cold, although it’s starting to cool down now, it was in the eighties a few weeks ago. Fall should be in the fifties and sixties, it isn’t fall if it isn’t cold,” said Madeline Toler, tenth grade.

But one has to wonder, why did it take so long? Well, the scientific answer would be global warming, pollution, Co2 emissions and all of the wonderful things us humans do to our planet. From melting glaciers to summer during fall, you’d think that almost everyone would start to take notice of these things. Although yelling at the sun to cool down is a fun way to pass the time, maybe those scientists have a point.

“Temperature data showing rapid warming in the past few decades, the latest data going up to 2018. According to NASA data, 2016 was the warmest year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures,” from the NASA website on global warming.

While some may want to ignore all of these statistics, no one can really ignore the fact that not a few days ago it was in the eighties… In October! Who likes hot fall and melted chocolate bars? Trying to wear a sweatshirt is a chore, a smelly, sweaty, nasty chore; because, it’s so hot outside that you feel as if you’re being irradiated.

“While I like hot weather, every year we have people talk about how hot it is, but really here in Roanoke we tend to have spikes in heat. Although, we have seen that it is getting hotter, another few days of hot weather, hurricanes and all that is a bit worrying.  Seeing as we all want to care of the Earth, we can’t really ignore the obvious stuff that we can do to help out,” said Carmen Oaks, Earth Science Teacher.

All this begs the question:  Will all the season become unseasonably different?