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Good Question: Where did the term Indian Summer come from?

This weekend we turned back the clock and this week it seems we are turning back the clock in the weather department, with warmer temperatures returning.

This particular weather pattern sets up what many of us know as Indian Summer.

Good Question-Chub in Louisa: Where did the term Indian Summer come from?

After a chilly weekend, a warm sunny start to the week is just what many people were looking for.

With temperatures in the 70s this week you may even think its summer, well Indian Summer anyway.

The term is one many of us have heard for years, but this week's forecast is shaping up to be the exact definition for the meteorological phenomenon.

"Typically Indian Summer you get a nice stretch of clear, sunny warm days and this typically happens after our first killing frost and before our first snowfall that's traditionally how it works," said WKYT Chief Meteorologist TG Shuck.

The term Indian Summer has been around since the 1700s.

There are many literary references to it and some think it came about because that's when early American Indians harvested their crops.

Where ever the name came from its what we are experiencing now.

While temperatures in the low 70s may seem odd for this time of the year, .TG says its nothing to out of the ordinary.

"This isn't that unusual because we have stretches typically from year to year where we'll see highs in the 70s, but keep in mind that's usually part of secondary severe weather season," said Shuck.

We hope that's not the case so we can enjoy a stretch of good weather before it gets cold again!

In the southeastern United States Indian Summer refers to the hottest times of the year usually late July or August.


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