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As soon as once more, we’re within the grips of a season’s final gasp.

A number of months in the past, in April, I imagine, we had been within the grips of 1 remaining chilly spell as winter grudgingly receded to make manner for spring. Now we’re all sweltering underneath the grip of extraordinarily scorching climate within the final days of summer time earlier than fall brings us cooler climate. The query is, will the fever break by Monday, which is the autumnal equinox; supposedly the beginning of the autumn season.

Residing within the south, we take scorching climate in stride. We complain about it, however go about our each day enterprise with little whimpering in regards to the warmth and humidity. Sure, the temperatures in southern summers hold within the 90s for the higher a part of virtually 4 months, and we thank God for air con, lemonade, iced tea, sports activities drinks and Popsicles.

However as this summer time has gone on, I’ve to surprise if extra days like those we’re going by now should not a glimpse of what we could also be seeing sooner or later. Say what you need about international warming and local weather change, however it’s right here and it might worsen.

Now some of us will say there ain’t such a factor, it’s at all times scorching in the summertime within the south and it’s simply the season.

I ponder. Domestically, sure, summers are at all times scorching within the south, however I’ve by no means seen it this intense. For some cause, the previous a number of summers have appeared to have extra intense warmth than earlier than, and I’ve lived within the south all my life. Once I was rising up, the warmth didn’t appear as extreme, and I can attest to that truth as a result of I’m from that technology the place mother and father instructed us to “go play outdoors.” I can solely keep in mind a couple of times my mom, who was a nurse, warning me about heatstroke.

I like to observe, observe and research hurricanes, and through the previous few seasons I’ve made it a behavior beginning in Could to go on the Nationwide Hurricane Heart web site and test the buoys within the Gulf of Mexico to see the water temperatures, and so they have begun moving into the 80s in late Could. Once I checked in June, some water temperatures had been already within the higher 80s, and tropical programs love heat water.

I’ve watched storms over the previous few years turn out to be extra intense and extra damaging, not solely with excessive winds but in addition dropping heavy rainfall over the areas they hit.

On the opposite aspect of the world in Europe, the place temperatures in France and Germany usually keep within the 60s and 70s, presumably getting as much as the 80s, they’ve reported over the previous few years temperatures within the 90s and triple digits over the previous two summers.

These poor of us.

So I’ll be watching Monday when the “official” change of seasons involves see if our southern warmth begins to chill, and hope that it does.

However all the identical, I’ll do what I at all times do when it will get cooler — hold a superb little bit of my summer time garments useful.


John Surratt is a workers author for The Vicksburg Put up. He might be reached at john.surratt@vicksburgpost.com.


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