How about the satellites?
1. A necessary focus on activities connected to a running research proposal, e.g. preparing for a selection committee hearing mid-October;
2. Generally bad weather conditions. Autumn and early winter are usually bad here, on the North Sea coast. The North Sea acts as a heat reservoir, generating clouds.
During this time of the year, the evening observing window for LEO satellites becomes shorter. Over the past weeks, when clearings developed they usually did so too late in the evening, after the end of the LEO satellite visibility window.