Indian Summer has arrived

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The beautiful weather, including above average temperatures, sent many people to Craighead Forest Park Thursday afternoon, including some from other parts of the world.

Tatiana Bell said, "I'm a coach in track and field and i'm here with five Russian athletes. We every year come here to train in Jonesboro and we're very happy with this weather."

While some spent the day fishing others, like Terie Boyette, spent a little quality time with their grandkids on the playground.

"So super outside. Woke up this morning it was beautiful and blue. Got the grandchildren ready and came out to the park to play," said Terie Boyette.

This time of year is often called Indian Summer, but what does that really mean?

According to Mary Dell'Osso, "It's like a warm period, when it should be turning to fall temperatures, but it's still summery out."

But Jared Pulver has a different take. He said, "Indian Summer kind of reminds me of a warmer summer. Just warmer temperatures."

Donna Dell'Osso said during this time period, "We still have some summer weather left to enjoy before we really get that cold."

Terie Boyette may have summed it up best.

"A beautiful warm day, beautiful blue skies, and just the thought of winter around the corner," said Boyette.

During Indian Summer we normally see temperatures above 70 degrees and dry conditions. It normally occurs in November after we've seen our first killing frost or freeze and before our first snowfall.

The term was first found in a journal written by a frenchman named St. John de Crevecoeur in 1778. But there are still a few theories as to the origin of the term.

Donna Dell'Osso said perhaps it was a time when the Indians got, "their hunting done or growing their corn and things and getting ready for the winter. So they had a little more summer time."

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