>Summer’s Swan Song

>It’s difficult to believe that it’s already September. It seems that summer had barely begun and now it’s almost over.

Summer had a late start due to the stormy and wet spring here in the Midwest. Tornados and flooding caused unbelievable amounts of damage from which thousands are still attempting to recover. My son just moved back into his downtown Cedar Rapids office this week. The campgrounds near our home that were flooded this spring are still closed. We haven’t been able to walk on the nearby path all summer because the area remains restricted.

While we have had some hot, muggy midwestern summer weather, there have been only a few days when temperatures reached into the 90s and none when the temperature reached 100, which is very unusual for southern Iowa.

We found it necessary to turn on the air conditioning only a couple of times. As long as the nights cool down, we can keep the temperature in the house moderate by opening windows and running fans at night and shutting windows and shades during the day.

Last winter’s ice storms and terrible driving conditions make me contemplate the approaching winter with a less than joyful attitude. I am praying for a long, lovely fall.

I’m not sure I can handle another winter if this much-hyped global warming continues.

Not all scientists are espousing global warming theories. Hurricane forecaster William Gray predicts global cooling in ten years. Fox News has reported that all four major global temperature tracking outlets have released data showing a significant drop in the temperature last year. And there’s this interesting article by a former NASA astranaut who is a geophysicist and astronautical engineer about the effects of sunspots (or the lack thereof) on the earth’s temperature. If you want to read more about global cooling, check out the “Great Global Warming Swindle” website.

Meanwhile I’ll keep praying for a long period of moderate fall temperatures. As my wise husband says, “I just don’t know how much more of this global warming I can take.”

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