Signs it’s time to start cosplaying this fall in Texas

In some circles, September 1 marks the first day of autumn. In others, it arrives a little later in the month, on September 22. In Texas, you have to laugh.

Whether you prefer the weather calendar, which is based on the temperature cycle and marks the turn of the seasons on the first of the month, or the astronomical calendar, which follows the tilt of the Earth and starts autumn with the equinox of fall, it’s still warm in Texas. And, really, no number of burnt candles adjacent to the pumpkin or orange-tinged coffee drinks will change that.

But there is a period of time, perhaps not unique but deeply felt by Texans, where the longing for fall and all that it brings constitutes its own kind of seasonal change and comes with its own brand of nostalgia. We may not want a 30-degree drop in temperature or fall foliage, but we can lean very hard on some of the telltale signs that Texas’ notoriously delayed start to fall is not far off.

Welcomed, chilling times in the mid-80s

Many Texans spent an entire summer in places that simply couldn’t resist setting daily heat records. Texas monthlyForrest Wilder reported last month that: “Summer 2022, June through August, could be the hottest on record for many parts of Texas. Austin and San Antonio, for example, are in the middle of the hottest summer on record. That’s right – hotter than 2011, the hellish summer that many assumed was a black swan event. Each city’s average high is more than a degree warmer than its second-hottest summer on record.

The past two weeks, however, have seen statewide temperatures steadily in the 80s, with nights often (grab your sweater) dipping into the mid to low 70s. are even recording temps in the 60s. The cooling can likely be attributed to recent rainfall seen in our drought-stricken state. Despite the stormy forecast for the week ahead, we still don’t know if we’ve seen the last of this year’s 100 degree days. In Dallas, the last day of triple-digit temperature is, on average, August 26, reports the WFAA. In Austin, KVUE reports it’s the first of September. Precedents aside, most major cities in Texas set a record high of 100 degree days this summer, and the possibility of the last triple-digit day staying on theme weighs a sweat on my heart.

You accidentally bought Hatch Green Chili. . . coffee creamer?

Hatch chiles have been called “the pumpkin spice of the southwest.” And as with pumpkin spice, we’ve found enough appealing and bizarre ways to incorporate it into things you can buy at a grocery store to stock entire shelves. Now is the time to get your hands on not only a bag of Hatch Garlic Waffle Cut Potato Chips, but also a Hatch Dark Chocolate Bar or a box of Hatch Sweet Lime Chilli Sandwich Cookies. If you feel like it, you can accompany your morning eggs with a few slices of uncured Hatch turkey bacon or a link of Hatch chorizo. I suppose you could also eat a Hatch green pepper? But remember, sometimes when we feel limited, we find that we have imposed those limits on ourselves.

For the curious, the Hatch green pepper season is often thought to start in early August and last until the end of September, although some growers harvest as early as mid-July and well into October. Texas retailer HEB celebrates the season in August and September and maintains a map of store locations that carry freshly roasted Hatch chilies. For the more dedicated, the annual Hatch Chile Festival will be held this weekend in Hatch, New Mexico and will feature, naturally, a Chilean Queen, a chili-drinking contest and mariachi music.

Friday night is lit

Weather aside, there’s nothing more comfortable than walking past your nearest high school stadium on a Friday night and seeing a full parking lot, a glowing stadium, and a crowd of people dressed in competing colors shouting after a group of young athletes. Texas football is back, baby.

High schools across the state have kicked off their seasons, and next weekend will see the return of college football. Horn, smash ’em, smash ’em, thank ’em and play ’em – no matter where you land, the team needs your support.

And if the team is from Texas, seriously, they really need your support.

Seasonal varieties abound at breweries across the state

We’re still weeks away from most pumpkin patch and apple orchards in Texas opening their doors to carvers and pickers, but if you can’t resist picking something seasonal, put on a in a basket and take it home, come in: seasonal Texas beers.

Although Shiner currently appears to be focusing its promotional efforts on a new Hatch chili IPA (this is a recall), Spoetzl Brewery’s Oktoberfest has made a comeback on the shelves. The same goes for the seasonal Oktoberfest “full-bodied and malty with a nice hint of caramel” from Saint Arnold Brewing in Houston and Karbachtoberfest in Karbach.

So, of course, our sweaters stay folded and the idea of ​​being surprised on a sunny afternoon in a pair of jeans is still not quite right, but with an Oktoberfest in hand, a football match on TV and a trip outside feeling progressively less suffocating, back to school in Texas is coming soon. Until then, we are all trained to play the game.

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