It is hot here. These are the weeks of the year where I feel like I am in reverse hibernation. It is too hot to garden, or ride bikes, or de-clutter the house. I just want to lie around. But this year has been hotter than usual. Rumor has it that it was 100 degrees in the parking lot of the grocery store a few days ago, and we are at a 7,000′ elevation!
Most people in my town have no air conditioning of any sort in their homes, including me. At 7,000′ it just doesn’t usually get all that hot, and it cools off dramatically at night. But for two or three weeks of the year, right before the monsoon season starts, it gets hot and the humidity-level rises so as to be noticeable. Although most of you US residents reading this would laugh at my definition of noticeable humidity, bear in mind that when it is usually as dry as a bone, you can feel even the smallest change in the humidity of the air.
We all eagerly await the monsoon, the daily afternoon thunderstorms that bring lots (hopefully) of rain and cooler air. They are actually a mixed blessing. They bring much needed rain, but they also bring lots and lots of lightning. Lightning is a frightening thing around here since lightning causes fires in the tinder-dry forests that surround us. Having lived through one massive wildfire, none of us want to do that again.
Here are some photos to cool you off if you are hot too. I thought I would save them for these uncomfortable, pre-monsoon weeks. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere and are freezing through the winter right now, then don’t look!
These real, unaltered photos were taken after a record-setting, MASSIVE, lake-effect snowstorm that happened this past winter in the little town on Lake Ontario where I grew up. My father sent them to me. Warning: put on your parkas before proceeding further!