Sly and the Family Stone sang about it in 1969, but “fun” isn’t the appropriate word for this year’s summertime in the
Midwest, Mid-South and eastward. This is the year that spending a vacation on the West Coast would be cool. And I do mean cool.
Where I live, smack in the middle of the country, we had our hottest days in July, breaking records right and left. The day after a record breaking official 111 degrees, my AC went out. It was repaired the next afternoon and we thought we’d never get cool again. Ten days later, it quit again, and the temp in the house made it to 98 degrees. It was all anyone talked about for weeks. And as you can see, we still are!
I shouldn’t complain. I spent twenty-four years in a farmhouse with no AC. My oldest was born in what was the hottest summer on record—1980—until that record was broken this summer. We set several records this year, beating the ones that were set back then. It was the hottest July we’ve ever had, with twenty-four 100+ degree days. There have been thirty-six 100+ degree days this year thru July 31. I live a few miles from the Air Force Base, and the temperature there one day was 114, although not official for the U.S. Weather Service.
It has finally cooled off, at least for a few days. Today was 91 with a heat index of 98, thanks to 50+% humidity. Tomorrow will see triple digits again, or at least that's the rumor.
have had it even worse, with no rain since May and drought conditions only getting worse. I’ve heard there’s been a little rain in some areas. Linda Warren, I hope you’ve gotten some of it! Texas
We’re expecting a few more 100 degree days here before this is all over. School started today, and I’m thankful that most schools are air conditioned. Trying to stay awake in a hot school building can be a struggle, even for the younger set.
If your summer has been hot, hot, hot, relief is on the way…in a few weeks. And if you’ve been one of the lucky ones with cooler weather, your turn will come, sometime in the future, I’m sure. ☺