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
Joaquin continues its journey across the northern Atlantic toward Europe, where it is expected to impact Spain and Portugal this weekend.
Winter will kick off with mild weather in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic as an intensifying El Nino influences the weather pattern across the country.
A fall-like weekend is in store for the Northeast, after rain and thunderstorms will dampen the region on Friday.
Another round of rain is expected to move through the Carolinas on Saturday, which may lead to rises on some small streams and creeks.
Oho will hit parts of British Columbia and Alaska with drenching rain, gusty winds and pounding seas before the week comes to an end.
The East (1988)
Big early season chill Philadelphia 35 (tied record) Atlantic City 30 Newark, NJ 35 Bridgeport, CT 31 Hartford, CT 28
Binghamton, NY (2000)
1" of snow - the earliest date on record an inch or more of snow has fallen.
San Antonio, TX (2000)
A high temperature of 45 degrees (the average high on this date is 84 degrees).