Sunday, May 22, 2011

Welcome to summer

At the beginning of the month I declared that Houston had just gotten its last taste of spring weather. Of course, a little over a week after I made that prediction Mother Nature made a liar out of me by sending a cold front, along with some much-needed, if not enough, rain, through town, giving us several days of low humidity and pleasant temperatures that lasted through last weekend and into the early part of last week. Last Tuesday, in fact, I was visiting with a group of high school friends outside a bar in Midtown and several people had to put on sweaters because the temperature and breeze made them feel cold!

However, the comfortable spring weather was replaced later in the week by higher temperatures and higher humidity, and earlier today, as I sweated in the heat while I watched the Art Car Parade (pictures coming soon!), I had no choice but to accept the fact that the Houston summer had indeed begun. The long-range forecast bears this out, with temperatures in the low 80s and upper 90s, high humidity and, unfortunately, no rain for the foreseeable future.

Which is about right. By this time in May, the oppressive Houston summer has usually set in. From here, it only gets worse.

Of course, the beginning of summer also means the end of school. Kirby has two weeks left, and he, like any good six-year-old, is going completely crazy right now. Figuring out what to do with him for the next three months is going to be a challenge.

It's also time to start thinking about summer vacations. I plan to take Kirby with me on our yearly trip to Colorado sometime in July, but the big trip is going to be in August, when I make my first trip to Hawaii.

Anyway, make the most of it that you can. We won't see pleasant weather again until October. Ugh.

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