Apparently, the brown leaves dropping of the trees is not indicative of a real autumn at all, but is caused by a particularly dry summer which leads to early autumn colour in some tree species, and in effect we’ll experience two autumns.
“True autumn colour is triggered by fading sunlight and cold temperatures. Leaves lose the chlorophyll that makes them green, revealing spectacular yellow and red pigments.
“Fool’s autumn colour is different. It’s caused by trees still struggling to cope with a dry summer. They wilt and drop their leaves early to save water. A particularly dry summer can lead to early autumn colour in some tree species, and in effect we’ll experience two autumns” says Rory Syme of the Woodland Trust, Scotland.
Still, it’s a good excuse to feature Stan Getz as part of the Woody Herman Orchestra in 1948 with the ballad that put him (Getz) on the jazz map, Early Autumn: