Statistically speaking, it almost has to be happening somewhere: despite the fact that the rest of the world is slowly roasting, the temperature trend in the Great Lakes region has been distinctly cooler than usual for the last several years. Our last two summers have been unusually mild, rarely even getting into the 90s, and our last two or three winters have been brutally cold. It is July 18; to my knowledge we have not had a day even hit the upper 80s as a high yet, and the words “heat index” have not found reason to escape my lips thus far. There haven’t even been that many days yet that have escaped the seventies. I haven’t worn shorts more than once all summer.
It’s been glorious.
It will be over 100 degrees today between 1:00 and 7:00, and I have to work at OtherJob, which means I’ll be outside for at least two or three of those hours. And it’s not like 98 degrees is gonna be much better; it’ll probably be 10:00 before the temperature descends into remotely livable territory. And that’s not “Man, it’s been a hot summer” 100 degrees, it’s a twenty degree jump from what we’ve been used to.
Give my wife like a week to get used to the idea after I die, and then y’all can come over and divvy up my books.