One of the reasons that I haven’t come up with any in-depth posts for Mad Man On A Great Lake lately is because of the wonderful weather we’ve been having here in Cleveland Ohio. The last couple of days we’ve had highs in the 70’s which makes everyone want to go outside and enjoy. This made the last couple weeks a great time to hop in the car and see the leaves change colors.
Many locals complain about how the weather seems to change all the time. The saying goes that you can have 60 degrees one day and the next snow. Of course, it’s an exaggeration to a point. We have four seasons here and while it does mean we can get hot and sticky humid summers which make me want to sit in front of the air conditioner (and cold snowy blustery winters that make the morning commute a mess), we usually happen to have very a nice spring and fall. The warm waters of Lake Erie moderate the weather a little and, while killer frosts have hit places like Mansfield further inland, Impatiens are still blooming in my yard. This must have an impact on the trees as well. Even though it’s already November, as I drove through Rockefeller Park in Cleveland to get to the job Friday morning, I marvelled that most of the trees still had their leaves; and it made a nice show.
However, on this first full weekend of November, temperatures will be reverting back to seasonal 40s and 50s, at least for a spell. Soon, the trees will be bare and pines will be brought inside for the Holidays. The colors are fleeting but an annual treat.
Photographs taken by James Valentino