Fall in love with Texas

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Maggie Coleman

Once fall rolls round, all the ads you see show the perfect fall weather: cool, crisp, with yellow leaves falling down from trees everywhere. They persuade you to buy loads of chunky knit sweaters, and as many pumpkin spice lattes as you can bear.

Unfortunately, that’s not the reality for Texans.

Texas seems to have 2 seasons: Summer, and about 2 days of cool-ish weather. Not only is it annoying, but it’s also frustrating because it takes everything in you to restrain yourself from just taking the risk of heat stroke to wear your cute fall clothes. Usually, cool weather rolls around in time for Thanksgiving and fall break. On the rare occasion, fall weather will roll around mid- October, but that doesn’t happen very often.

When Texas is cold outside, it’s glorious. Not only do you break out your hats and scarves, but maybe, just maybe, you can start hoping for a snowy Christmas. For the most part, it’s hard to plan for fall in Texas. It’s either hot, cold, or hot with a couple days of cold. It impacts daily life, too. Monday everyone’s wearing warm layers, and Wednesday it’s shorts and t-shirts. Generally once it’s winter the weather will become more reliable, but let’s not forget how last year winter break was so warm I was wearing sandals.

It may feel warm on some days, but the trees look amazing during fall, with beautiful reds, yellows, and orange hues. Not only do they look nice, but they are also prime picture opportunities waiting to happen. You can also do all kinds of fall related activities like apple picking or going on a hay ride (just save those pumpkin spice lattes for cooler days). Because it isn’t too cold yet, you can also stay outside for longer and enjoy breathtaking Texas sunrises and sunsets.

Overall, fall in Texas comes with its pros and cons. For those who don’t want summer to end, they have an opportunity to try and partake in a couple more summer activities before it starts getting too cold. For those who can’t wait for fall, they’ll have to wait just a little bit longer than other states.