Jet stream dampens hope of Indian Summer

Friday 01st Oct 2010 by theWeather Club

That pesky jet steam is at it again. Meteorologists pointed the finger of blame at this high level air current as a major influence behind such events as the devastating floods in Pakistan and the wild fires in Moscow earlier this year. Now on a much more local – and hopefully less devastating – level, it is apparently dampening hopes of an Indian Summer in the UK.

The generally accepted use of the term 'Indian Summer' is when the weather is sunny and clear, but the trees are producing their full multicoloured autumnal display. It is a delightful time when this wonderful mix of red, yellow and orange foliage can be enjoyed in warm summer temperatures. These 'summers' normally start in late September and progress into October.

However it seems unlikely to be the case this year. According to Met office forecasters, the jet stream has moved into a position that is bringing wind and rain the UK and it is set to stay there, for a while at least. Its position will lead to a series of low pressures being pulled in from the Atlantic bringing not only heavy rain, but possibly high winds as they come. So a wet and possibly windy autumn, which to be fair, is what autumn is supposed to be. Indian summers are by their very nature occasional events that come along and lift our spirits every once in a while. Yet each year we look to the skies and hope for this ‘occasional’ treat. But this year those high altitude air currents are telling us, not this time folks, maybe next year.