Weather sparks constant whining

There is no end to the discussion of weather.
If it is cloudy, we complain about it. Too much rain and we are not satisfied. Crisp winter days have us complaining about cold car seats.
And now with hot summer days, we are complaining about the warmth.
We just can’t be satisfied.
In winter, you always can turn up the heat or put on more clothing to get warm. If it rains, we put on rain gear.
But as we’ve learned over the past two weeks, there really is no easy way to get cooled down. After all, there comes a certain point where you really can’t take off any more clothing.
Besides, we are really fortunate compared to many of our friends south of us. Throughout much of the U.S. Midwest, residents have experienced temperatures exceeding 100 F (38 C) for more than 10 days.
We may have experienced similar temperatures with the humidex factor. According to the Meteorological Service of Canada, a humidex of 40 causes great discomfort while above 45 is dangerous.
We did experience the over 40 C number. But in the Midwest states, temperatures did not include the humidity factor. If the temperature with humidex reaches 54, a stroke is probable.
The heat across the U.S. has been blamed for 74 deaths in the past two weeks. Fortunately, we have not had to deal with those extreme temperatures or deaths.
Driving along Colonization Road East, there were lots of young people swimming off the municipal docks. Pither’s Point Park was busy with families enjoying the beach and waters.
It is a fun and relaxing way to cool off.
Our blessing has been that the evening temperatures have dropped to the low 20s or upper teens C, making life much more bearable.
And many of us have air conditioning in our homes that permit us to maintain indoor temperatures in a much more comfortable range. We have air conditioning throughout the Times office, too.
At home, we do not have air conditioning. Rather, we always have relied on fans to move the air inside our house.
When I checked our indoor thermometer at 6:30 a.m. on Monday, it read 24 C. Outside the temperature was in the mid-teens C.
My wife and I spent the weekend at the cabin and the westerly breeze slipped through all the open windows, making sleeping pleasant. Even the weekend prior, we cooled off in the waters of Rainy Lake that were registering 29 C (82 F).
The lake was almost too pleasant. Still, jumping into the lake for a quick cool-off was fun and the full moon lit the water far past sunset.
We are lucky. Even at minus-40 we can still be warm. And at plus 40, we can cool off.

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