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Telltale Signs Fall Has Come To Florida

Updated on September 5, 2013

It is that time a year again. The temperatures are falling, leaves are changing, and the air is crisp and clean smelling. The smell of apple cider and pumpkin pies baking in the oven begin to float from every housewives' kitchen. The heat of the summer begins to fade bringing with it cool breezes and the much anticipated boot wearing season. It's time to switch out our wardrobes and bring on the jackets, sweaters, and jeans. That's right it is time for fall! Except for one little problem, I live in Florida. The state of endless summers and year long plant growth. There will be no pretty fall leaves, no drastic change in weather, and no crisp smelling air. For those of you who don't live in this beautiful state, there are other clear signs you can look for indicating fall is fast approaching.

Cinnamon Brooms at Publix

Publix customers know fall is around the corner when Publix puts out their display of dried brooms infused with the scent of cinnamon. It is their small way of making the air inside smell sweeter and more festive when the air outside hasn't really changed at all. The overwhelming scent permeates the whole store and whatever aisle you go down, fall is right there behind you.

The Temperature is a Balmy 85 Degrees Instead of 95.

The weatherman said a cold front is making its way through Central Florida as we speak bringing with it a welcome relief from the heat and humidity. Fall is here folks, a pleasant 85 degrees to usher in a new season! Bring on the shorts, T-shirts, and flip-flops. We Floridians are thrilled when the temp goes anywhere below 90 degrees. For us, this is fall weather. Don't be surprised when the temperature finally plummets to 77 degrees to find the locals in jeans and sweaters. Let me tell you when the soft breeze blows and you are standing under the shade of a tree ( where the leaves are still fully attached ) it can get a little chilly.

Christmas and Halloween Decorations Appear in September

The people in Florida have to do without the fall ambiance enjoyed up north. There are no pretty red, yellow, and orange colors anywhere to be found. Retailers feel the need to make up for the lack of decoration outside with ringing in the season inside. Some years, Christmas decorations have been seen to make an appearance before Halloween costumes have hit the shelf. So alongside the devil and witch costumes in the aisles, we have angels and Santa Clause ready for the most wonderful time of the year.

New York License Plates Begin to Clog the Roads

What will start as a slow trickle in the early fall months, will eventually become a flood of people better known as snow birds. They flock here to escape the bitter winters up north bringing with them slow speeds and giant sized cars. The snow birds test the patience of native Florida drivers by clogging the roads and making us wish we could have the tourists back instead. If you can't go more than 2 miles without seeing a New York or New Jersey license plate then you know what season it is.

And the Tie Which is Common to us All...Pumpkins!

No matter what state you live in or what the temperature may be, pumpkins make their grand debut this time of year, Florida included. Pumpkin patches pop up all over though only in front of Methodist churches in Florida. The food items start with pumpkin pie in the grocery stores and move to Starbucks for the wonderful pumpkin spice latte. I'm not a coffee drinker but I even wait in anticipation for this drink. I will eat anything that contains pumpkins: pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin soup, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin dip, etc., etc. If the cute, orange vegetables are out then fall is in!

What is your favorite season?

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      jenbeach21 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you all for your comments!

      Sunshine, I have been looking for those bagels since you mentioned them last to no avail. I am going today to try to find them again!

      Mary, I also love the warmer weather but it is nicer when the humidity goes down and it isn't has hot out there.

      Thelma, I am a little jealous. I have lived in Florida my whole life and I have never experienced a true fall. I do have relatives in Georgia so I have seen it for a few days!

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      Great information! I would love to visit Florida too. Our Friend always go there on wintertime. It is always nice to have a place to go.

      Thanks and vote up! :-)

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 5 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      I enjoyed your hub very much. I was born in Jacksonville and lived in south Florida for over 40 years. So I understand completely the Florida fall situation, especially the tourist influx. I now live in the north Georgia mountains where I can truly enjoy the Fall. I'm looking out my window now at a beautiful mountain with Fall colors, and not a palm tree in sight!

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      It's hard to think of 85 degrees as balmy but I guess in Florida that make since. I've been there 3 times but it was summer each time. I can relate to people migrating because that seems to happen in NC a lot as well.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      As a Floridian, I enjoyed reading your Hub. I never mind the hot summers as a lot of folks do, but I do enjoy a little cooler nights when I can open my windows.

      I voted this Hub UP, and will share.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I could feel the fall weather coming through. Well a wee bit, but I'll take it!

      FYI: pumpkin spice bagels are BOGO this week! My daughter is loving it!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi jen, when we get to 77 degrees we get out the bikinis! lol! that's living in England for you! we do have great summer weather down here in the south of England, but this year all it did was rain for a couple of months, so disappointing! I love the changes of the seasons though, beautiful Autumn with its lovely colors, but you can keep winter for me! lol!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)


      I enjoyed reading your article. I live in Southern California, and we experience spring and summer weather all year 'round. I was reminded that the fall season is approaching by seeing pumpkins for sale in the local markets.

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      jenbeach21 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks for sharing Sunshine! I found it entertaining as well as informative. I did not know Publix had pumpkin spice bagels and I cannot wait to get some and try them. I love anything pumpkin and anything from the publix bakery.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Pumpkin Spice. My daughter who is 4 months pregnant is craving everything Pumpkin Spice. The other day we were in Publix to pick up the BOGO Pumpkin Spice bagels WELL we couldn't find any so I asked the first employee I saw "Excuse me I have a pregnant woman over there who needs Pumpkin Spice bagels" He didn't want to say it so he kinda whispered, "we are out of stock until the truck tomorrow."

      LOL! I found the scenario entertaining, my daughter and the dairy dude didn't.

      OK back to fall in Florida, YAY! We could turn off our AC's and save $200 a month on our power bills. Well, at least I could. Happy Fall to you Jennifer! :)

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      jenbeach21 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks Peggy and teaches. I love that the humidity is going down just a little. It definitely makes a difference!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I am definitely feeling the cooler weather here where we are in Florida, but the rain is still here from summer. I can't wait till November when we can really tell it's fall. Great signs of fall in Florida and I have seen some of these already!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Haha! I can totally appreciate what you have said about fall weather in Florida. It is much the same temperature here in Texas with the exception of the far northern reaches of the state. We share similar feelings about a bit of a respite in the sizzling heat. Nice! We have a Methodist church not far from where we live and they also have the annual pumpkin patch.

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      jenbeach21 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks Terrye! I'm glad you enjoyed it and can relate to the issues:)

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      lol! Jen, this was great! We left Palm Coast a little over a year ago, and I have to say, I don't miss the sudden influx of New York & New Jersey plates. We do, however, see a lot of Canadian plates around here all of the sudden! We're heading for the hills. :) Great hub, loved it. :)

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      jenbeach21 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks for the comments Becky, Lynn, and Rema. I have found that people either love or hate the publix brooms. I don't mind them but the smell can be very overwhelming!

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Jen,

      Lovely hub. My brother's wife who has been in Florida all her life likes it here in Chennai because she says the climate is similar to that in Florida. I enjoyed your hub very much. Thank you. Voted up, awesome and sharing too.

      Cheers, Rema.

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      Lynn S. Murphy 5 years ago

      I'm in Florida too - we don't get the leaf change but we're aware of the change when the school buses come out - great read!

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      Rfordin 5 years ago from Florida

      I'm in Florida too.... I can honestly say I understand all your signs it's fall. Here in Florida we don't get the beautiful leaves that change colors...nope we get the cinnamon brooms (which I HATE) and the travellers. At least our weather starts to cool off slowly but surely.


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      jenbeach21 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks for the comments Janine and Jools! There is one main reason I have never thought of moving anywhere else and that is because of the cold weather. I enjoy the warmth of Florida and dislike being cold. I will say though when the temps finally get around 80 it is a welcome relief from the humidity.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Interesting hub. Leaves are already falling here in my corner of the world too and it has been cooler these last few days and yes, the Halloween bits and bobs have started to appear in the shops. I am a Summer person though I do quite like the Autumnal colours at this time of year - but not the crisp weather!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Jen, I live in NY and even though I do like the fall, I love the summer so I am kind of sad to start seeing and feeling the tell-tale signs here that fall is indeed on its way. In a way I do wish I lived in Florida, because at least the weather wouldn't get colder (one thing I truly hate is being cold). But loved your list of how to tell the seasons are indeed changing in Florida and the best was seeing NY license plates become more abundant, because I have aunts and uncles who migrate south for the dreaded NY winter and they will be leaving in a month or so, so you were definitely spot on there. Have voted up and shared too!!