With the arrival of Labor Day, the unofficial start of fall is set to begin. The cooler-than-normal summer that swept parts of the country has left some people with more to be desired. Others, however, are already in the swing of fall.
The upcoming season is already a huge trend on social sharing sites like Pinterest. Users by the thousands can be seen "pinning" fall fashion, future Thanksgiving recipes and decorating tips. Christine Schirmer, head of consumer public relations for the company, said that fall fashion is a particularly prominent query for the site and as of last week was a top 10 interest for users.
Fall brings a change in colors and products on the shelves in major stores. (Flickr/Forest Wander)
"Last year the trending queries for Halloween costumes began in August and we're seeing that pattern again in 2014," she said.
While the popular Starbucks drink is in the midst of controversy over not actually containing any real pumpkin, the beverage brings a social media frenzy throughout the fall season. The drink hit Starbucks locations across the country Aug. 26 to the pure delight of some who are ready to usher autumn in with a seasonal taste.
I can't wait for sweaters, and chilly days, and pumpkin spice everything!! God I love fall!☺️🍁🍂— Alexa Zepp (@AlexaZepp0331) August 28, 2014
In late-August, grocery stores were already prepping for the rush to stock up on Halloween candy for trick-or-treaters. While some may have welcomed the chocolate-shaped pumpkins and classic candy corn, other were not ready for the heavy reminder that summer is ending soon.
Halloween candy is out! Noooooo!!! pic.twitter.com/etavyOjqi9— AndreaWBZ (@AndreaWBZ) August 19, 2014
I'm all about Halloween. Love it dearly. But ... it's August. I don't need Halloween candy yet. pic.twitter.com/jbtNPw4uL8— Laura Thompson (@ActuallyLET) August 22, 2014
Its August 26 & these are decorations for Thanksgiving-THANKSGIVING! Halloween candy out too. This Is just so wrong. pic.twitter.com/bHsfH2doQ1— Fr. Charles Zlock (@FrZlock) August 26, 2014
Why are Fall decorations everywhere? It's still Summer. Don't take this away from me.— Alyson Michelle (@alyalyson25) August 22, 2014
Even Disney World in Orlando, Florida, has started decorating early as pumpkin Mickey Mouses and cornucopias can been seen in abundance throughout the park.
So many pumpkin decorations at Disney and it's not even fall yet...— Victor Arribas (@vman954) August 27, 2014
Today is August 28. I'm at Sam's Club now, where I can buy Halloween candy AND Christmas decorations. Including a tree. Sheesh...— Elisa Pacelli (@senseidai) August 28, 2014
Large retailers are known to push Christmas merchandise early. Some have even displayed Christmas goods in the heat of August.
Yup, new record. August 23rd, Christmas decorations. pic.twitter.com/EejZsclNnd— Geoff Pado (@Arclite) August 23, 2014
Calm down David Jones, it is August we do not need Christmas decorations. pic.twitter.com/eNJFMtIMIs— Lucinda Kent (@TheLucindaKent) August 26, 2014
A magnitude-7.5 earthquake struck 34 miles (54 km) southeast of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea, on Monday morning, local time, the USGS reports.
Spring warmth has remained absent from Boston much of March and that will continue to be the case as the month comes to a close.
The battle between spring warmth and stubborn chill will continue around the New York City area this week.
A pattern change during the middle of April could bring rain and cooler conditions to California, while erasing persistent chill in the Northeast.
It is no joke that severe weather will take aim at the central Plains on Wednesday, April Fools' Day.
Typhoon Maysak will continue to strengthen before bringing life-threatening conditions to Yap.
Early heat wave, but the heat was welcome after a bitterly cold January. Binghamton, NY, reached 82 degrees, a new March record. Another March record was set in Hartford, CT, as the mercury there soared to 87. Baltimore Airport had a record high of 87, also a March record.
Flooding as a result of heavy rain on top of a heavy snowpack. Homes in Huntingdon county along the Juniata River were evacuated.
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86 degrees; only 10 short of March record set March 29, 1945.