Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Superheated, humid, heavy air presses down on us, straining air conditioning systems and gardens. Summer has shifted from February cold to August hot in just a few weeks.
Weather forecasters predict more hurricanes than usual. A price war on seedless watermelons has broken out among Publix, Fresh Market, Wal Mart and Trader Joe's (though it's a bit surreal that $3.98 is a really low price for a watermelon). Normally cold pool water is sun-warming much more quickly so early morning swim team practice actually feels refreshing. Pony tails stuffed through a visor have become the style du jour as hair volume wilts in the heat. Hot tempered travelers are touchier than ever (a fight just broke out on an overseas flight when one passenger fully reclined his seat). And HVAC companies can't keep up with the frantic calls from people whose A/C has broken down in the unexpected heat wave ("Your wait time to talk to a representative is .... twenty minutes.")
Summer is a Southerner's tough love season.
Particularly when it begins a month early.