Apples in August
It's all about the weather. When I pulled into a parking spot today at a local orchard, the color of the apples in front of me were stunningly beautiful and there for a moment, I flashed back to the first grade, red plaid dress, lunch box in hand and it was September - not August. But it is August, early at that, and there is an apple picking schedule already posted running concurrently with peaches and a bunch of other fruit.
All varieties are ripening early
Although the little video below was done in Missouri, the country at large is harvesting early. I found it interesting, perhaps others here will too.
Here is a link that might be useful: Hot Summer Brings Early Harvest For Local Orchards, VineyardsKPLR, Aug. 9, 2012