5 days ago, 10/01/2015 at 5:59pm
We need a new term for that lightening of spirit, hopefulness and generally positive vibe that seems to arrive with the first signs of fall. Further north, where cold, ice and snow smother the ground for months at a time, they feel something similar in April and May and call it spring fever.
Here, as we enter the tenth month, we have the ever so slightly less humid air, decreasing frequency of afternoon storms and dropping temperatures that signal fall. Of course only those who live here full time may recognize these signs. Some days it’s still hotter than blazes and the humidity is high, but there is the slightest hint of relief in the air. And that is all it takes for Fall Fever to flourish.
While it’s hot most places in the summer and there are many locations where the high temperature is above ours in the heart of summer, there aren’t very many that have the 1-2 combo of heat in the 90’s with high humidity for months and months that we see each summer. So, when that heat/humidity combo starts to ease just a touch lower, it’s noticeable and brings a collective sigh of relief.
Fall in Fort Myers Beach means much more than a relief from summer weather though. October begins our shoulder season; visitor numbers are up. Car carriers will be appearing next, bringing long-term visitors to our shores and businesses are planning for a busy season.