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Dear Deb...

Many friends reading this have also debgeisler's posts over the last few weeks talking about the wet, wet, wet, cloudy, cloudy, and wet summer we've been having. This post is for her.

Dear Deb,

You left the Commonwealth we share this past Monday.

Tuesday afternoon brought one long thunderstorm to Wales. Sky rumbles, rain, multiple downpours, more sky rumbles and nothing but clouds, clouds, clouds, and clouds. Rain-drenched clouds.

Tuesday night, lesliet_ma posted the following on FaceBook and Twitter (IIUC): "OMG Garden in the Woods will be closed tomorrow 'while our hort staff clears the trails of debris from today's violent weather.' Yikes!"

Geographic sidenote for non-MA residents:
Garden in the Woods is in Framingham.


Midday Wednesday, she tweeted another update:

Wet tourist in Boston goes up to a kid. “Hey,” he says, “is the weather always like this?” Kid says, “How would I know? I'm only 7."

Wednesday afternoon there was a tornado warning for Framingham and two other nearby communities.

A Savage Woman mentioned the warning on a certain fannish email list in the area. Shortly thereafter, a mutual friend of ours sent this update: "Priscilla reports a house has landed in the front yard.  It's surrounded by little people who are singing."

A mere three minutes later, the Savage Woman responded: "Just what you need, another house to sell ..."

Continuing on with more of Wednesday, the tornado warning was followed by flood advisories. Here in Wales, it rained. Then there was thunder and it rained a fair bit more. It's raining now.

If I stay up long enough, I could easily sleep right through whatever Thursday afternoon's weather brings. There's only one little problem with that: I have errands that simply must be run then.

I fear they may require running rapids, too.

At this point, I find myself hoping Massachusetts avoids the fate of Atlantis. I hope there are roads left for you to drive on when you return home. Please do so soon! We need your sweet rolls to see us through our suffering.

As if the weather itself weren't enough, the forecasters are piling so much insult onto injury that somebody's going to lose control and skid out. As I type these words, so help me, Ghu, Accuweather's home page headline is: "Cool Northeast June Could Mean Snowy Winter."

Gosh. Thanks. That's just what I wanted to be thinking of this damp'n'chilly night.

The article itself includes facts we already knew...

"New England has borne the brunt of the cool and wet conditions. The average temperature in Portland, Maine, has been lower than that of Fairbanks, Alaska, since June 1. Parts of New England have also had 3 times their normal rainfall for the same period."

...and this revolting forecast:

"Over the next several weeks, the Northeast can look forward to more frequent episodes of warmer, more summery weather. However, the overall pattern will continue to favor intrusions of cool air from Canada, preceded and accompanied by showers and thunderstorms. Unfortunately, another such stormy episode is forecast this weekend."

What say we send a few thousand hot air generators north in a couple of weeks and see if we can't break the pattern? Careful analysis suggests that Montréal would just the right spot to cluster them for maximum effect.

Your sodden pal,
Geri

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smofbabe
Jul. 9th, 2009 09:58 am (UTC)
No, no, it's winter *here*. *There*, it's supposed to be *summer*. Warm, sunny summer. Y'all have three weeks to get your act together and straighten out your seasons, y'hear?

Edited at 2009-07-09 09:58 am (UTC)
lauriemann
Jul. 9th, 2009 12:42 pm (UTC)
We've had an amazing few days of sunny weather with temperatures in the 70s and no humidity. It will start to get hotter and more humid today, and it's supposed to rain this weekend.

But, we do have a guest room. And central air.
magentamn
Jul. 9th, 2009 12:47 pm (UTC)
Meanwhile, Minnesota is experiencing a drought, severe in some places. Any way to ship us some of that water?
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maruad
Jul. 9th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
Last night was balmy, warm and dry as we sat out on the the moderately dry prairie. Today it rains in honour of your post.

It had been a long, late and very damp spring here. The rivers and lakes are all too close to full atm and many farmers were very late getting on their fields. Expect prices for wheat and probably all starches to be very high this year as many will likely have trouble getting their crops off before they are ruined in the fall. I am hoping the summer dries us out a bit.
coffeeem
Jul. 9th, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
Tea! Sweaters! Tea-colored sweaters! Sweater-flavored tea!

...What do you mean, I'm not helping? *g*
gerisullivan
Jul. 9th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
But you are, you are!

"Sweater-flavored tea!"
debgeisler
Jul. 9th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
Um, Ohio's been very...horrible. It is a true hardship for someone like me not to wear waterproof turtlenecks. And 80s? Sunshine? So alien.

Gotta come home soon or I may tan die.
randy_byers
Jul. 9th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
Guess you got our rain, because we had an unusually dry June this year. July has been dry so far too, but that's *not* unusual. Well, I'll try to help you out in Montreal in a few weeks.
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