New York Today: New York Today: A Summery September

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When fall feels like summer. Credit Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Good morning on this warmer Wednesday.

What’s up with September’s summery weather?

It’s “super anomalous,” according to John Homenuk, the founder of New York Metro Weather.

A “temperature 20 degrees above normal is nothing to laugh at,” he said. “It’s definitely significant.”

He described September conditions as “a roller coaster,” and said it’s not uncommon to have some warmer days or temperature fluctuations around this time of year. But this kind of heat is extreme, he said. For example, when Central Park reached 91 degrees on Sunday, the city broke the record daily high of 89 degrees, set back in 1959. Today’s high will climb to the mid-80s.

A ridge of high pressure over our area — think of it like a large, invisible wall in the atmosphere above us — is causing the warmer-than-usual temperatures. We wondered whether the extreme weather had anything to do with Hurricane Maria.

Quite the opposite, actually.

“That ridge of high pressure is going to steer the hurricane away from us; it almost acts like a block,” Mr. Homenuk said. “After it hits the ridge, it’s going to take a sharp turn east and into the northern Atlantic Ocean, and it’ll dissipate quite rapidly then.”

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And there are signs of this wacky weather around New York City.

Look closely in our local parks and gardens, or on your weekend trips out of town, and you’ll notice that the heat is stalling the progression of fall foliage, at least temporarily.

“Foliage colors are most vivid during ‘normal’ autumn weather,” Mr. Homenuk said, “when nights are cool and days are filled with sunshine but not overly warm, with plenty of atmospheric moisture.”

Hot, dry weather can mute foliage colors — as the leaves lose nutrients and turn a duller shade of brown — and cold or freezing temperatures can also cause damage.

So here’s hoping that things cool down just a bit, as this weekend’s forecast is predicting.

In the meantime, you can track our local foliage with the New York Botanical Garden’s “fall color cam” or the state’s Fall Foliage Report. (And then, when the time is ripe, you can treat your eyes at these prime spots near the city.)

Here’s what else is happening:

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In the News

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Federal prosecutors said they intended to move quickly to retry Dean G. Skelos and his son, Adam. Credit Andrew Renneisen for The New York Times

A judge overturned Dean Skelos’s 2015 corruption conviction citing the same Supreme Court decision used to vacate the conviction of Sheldon Silver, the former Assembly speaker. [New York Times]

The City Council will vote on a zoning framework for a big development in Harlem with a memorial to a long-ago African burial ground. [New York Times]

Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged “fast, intense progress” for troubled schools. But $582 million later, the results are mixed. [New York Times]

Staten Island has the highest number of native New Yorkers compared to the rest of the city, data shows. [DNAinfo]

State Senator Brad Hoylman, a Democrat, wants to make it illegal for property owners to hide behind L.L.C.s.

[Gothamist]

Today’s Metropolitan Diary: “A Helping Hand, but Whose?

For a global look at what’s happening, see Your Morning Briefing.

Coming Up Today

Celebrate the start of fall harvest season at the city’s Moon Festival — with performances, dancing, food and more — at Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center in Queens. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. [Free]

“Our Man in Jazz,” a musical tribute to the eminent tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins, at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. 6:30 p.m. [Free]

See the Pitettes perform in a female improv comedy show at the Peoples Improv Theater in Flatiron. 10 p.m. [$7]

Looking ahead: On Thursday, you can visit Chihuly Nights, an illuminated display of the artist Dale Chihuly’s vibrant glass sculptures, after hours at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.

Yankees host Rays, 7:05 p.m. (WPIX). Mets host Braves, 7:10 p.m. (SNY). New York City F.C. at Montreal Impact, 7:30 p.m. (YES). New York Red Bulls host D.C. United, 7:30 p.m. (MSG).

Alternate-side parking remains in effect until Saturday.

For more events, see The New York Times’s Arts & Entertainment guide.

And Finally…

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Which sticker is your favorite? Credit Jeenah Moon for The New York Times

As Election Day quickly approaches, New York wants your help choosing the “I Voted” sticker that will best mark the big day.

This year’s decal will commemorate a major milestone — the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York. The country’s first women’s rights convention took place in 1848 in upstate Seneca Falls, but it wasn’t until 1917 when women won the right to vote in our state.

You can check out the three designs in the running and cast your vote here. You have until 5 p.m. on Friday, and the winning sticker will then be distributed loud-and-proud to New Yorkers at polling stations on Nov. 7.

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Source: New York Times

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