We have made it, at least according to the meteorological calendar (and let's not have any complaints about too much heat until maybe August). Of course the astronomical calendar differs. It follows equinoxes and solstices to mark the seasons rather than calendar months. Why the difference? Because for the statisticians compiling weather data, it's easier to use complete months rather than fractions of months. And the climate guys have been doing this at least since the 1950's. Now you know!
All those statisticians take all that climate data, plug it into climate modelling algorithms and shazam! out pops a seasonal forecast.
Here's what they say for Summer 2015: it will be hotter and wetter than normal.Even the Old Farmer's Almanac is on board with this prediction for southern Ontario.
How much hotter and wetter? Who knows? My question is, has anyone told Mother Nature? Did she get the memo? Based on this morning's temperature of just 6°C (42.8°F), she is not quite on board.
Perhaps like me, at the top of this new week, new season, she is considering her options. Go with the flow? Show how to take direction well? Pour rain on the parade, or just dry up? Put some heat into the season, or not? Or how about just do her own thing, as she's been doing all her life?
Her sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Clouds bring rain. Winds bring change.
Summer will come. Summer will go. Make the most of every day.
Swiftly fly the years,
One season following another,
Laden with happiness and tears.
Jerry Bock, from Fiddler on the Roof
©2015 April Hoeller