We live in Missouri and it gets hot in the summer time. We expect a few days near 100 degrees. Those days come, we burn our hands on the steering wheel, make excuses to stay indoors, basically we just deal with it.
This year is different. This year is historic. We are about to set a record for the most consecutive days with a high of 98 degrees or higher.
There’s no conspiracy at play and I don’t really care to hear about global warming and thawing of the polar ice cap. Weather cycles. We have warm winters, we have cold winters, we have cool summers and we have hot summers. This summer is extraordinarily hot.
I feel bad for anyone who relies on income from agriculture. Corn is a lost cause, beans are almost at the point of no return and pastures are burned to a crisp. Yields from crops will be the lowest in years and cattle are being sent to market because grain is high-priced and hay is in short supply.
The drought across the midwest is as bad as it was during the “Dust Bowl” in the 30’s. Timber and grasslands are a tinderbox and the smallest spark could start a fire.
My utility bill is higher than I care for it to be but I’m thankful to have air-conditioning to cool my home. The pond behind my house may very well dry up this summer but I’m thankful to have running water when I turn the tap. This past April, when the temperatures were in the 70’s, I yearned to be outdoors but I’m thankful to have an indoor job.
We can’t control the weather but we can control our outlook. No matter how miserable it may be outdoors, we all have something to be thankful for.
Let’s take a poll.