September 2017 isn’t over, but it is already one for the record books in Lake Placid. The Adirondack Mountains have experienced record warm temperatures for the last 10 days and the heat is forecasted to continue until it breaks late Wednesday night, 9/27/17. It is so hot the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a High Heat Index Warning a number of times this week; something I cannot remember happening in the last 31 years.
It has also been very dry during the recent warm spell. Unfortunately, I believe the fall colors are less vibrant this year. Dy, drab leaves are falling everywhere, seemingly before their time. This may not be the best year to drive slowly through the Adirondack Mountains, oooooh-ing and ahh-ing, in search of fall color.
All is not lost, however. Swimming is finally terrific! The lakes are delightfully warm and you don’t freeze when out of the water. These are the days for spending time on and in the water, and there is plenty of that in the Adirondack Mountains.
This is usually the best time of year for hiking in the Adirondacks, but the heat puts a damper on my enjoyment of the trails, especially if I know cooler temperatures are just a few days away. And fortunately, they are. The NWS forecasts temperatures will fall to ~35 degrees Thursday night. Bring on the cool, fall hiking and ski prep, fans of the Adirondacke Lifestyle are ready!