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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Summer, where are you?

  • It’s the middle of July, and I’m sitting in the office bundled up in a blanket and sipping a cup of hot chocolate. To be fair, I get cold pretty easily, so the blanket is not an unusual thing. Still, something about temperatures in the 70s in July just seems wrong.
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  • It’s the middle of July, and I’m sitting in the office bundled up in a blanket and sipping a cup of hot chocolate. To be fair, I get cold pretty easily, so the blanket is not an unusual thing. Still, something about temperatures in the 70s in July just seems wrong.
    It seems it was only a month or two ago I was reading articles predicting this would be a summer for record-breaking heat.
    Right.
    So far, I’m not convinced.
    After a winter that lingered long past its expiration date, things have stayed pretty temperate. (At least my definition of what a temperate summer is.)
    Just compare the summer a couple of years ago, when we had 100+ temperatures for something like 40 consecutive days. And then there’s this year. Have we even hit the triple digits once this summer? It doesn’t seem like it.
    Well, that’s alright, I suppose.
    I love the summer, so as far as I’m concerned, the 70s can go back to spring where they belong. If summer wants to keep things chill in the 80s and 90s all season, though, I won’t complain.
    You never can tell with the weather though. Just because things have been mild doesn’t mean we’re not in for a heat wave later on.
    I’ve already had friends theorizing that our moderate summer is a sign of apocalyptic highs in August, or possibly just a miserably cold winter.
    Fortunately, none of these friends are meteorologists, so I ignore all of their musings. I will believe it when I see it.
    In the meantime, I’ll sit back and enjoy what’s left of a summer that is flying by much, much too quickly.
    And I’ll also hope the weather maybe warms up just a tad bit before my next camping trip. (Swimming in 70-degree weather? No, thank you.)
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    Tina Bridenstine is a page designer for The Shawnee News-Star.

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