So many days this month have been like days from another time. Not necessarily another geological epoch or historical era, but definitely a different month. Take Saturday, with its high temperature in Washington of 78 degrees, reminiscent of September.

Saturday's high temperature suggested a kind of meteorological deja vu, a reliving of the days a full month ago, from Sept. 19 to 21, around the time of the autumn equinox, when the normal high is precisely 78 degrees.

In addition, signs of October are less visible in the hues and colors of much of the area's foliage. This has been attributed not so much to temperature as to an earlier lack of rain. The latest Virginia foliage report says that finding "familiar reds, oranges and golden yellows you expect" takes a little searching.