Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
We have had a spectacular summer here in St. Louis...until the tail end of August showed up. Now we get the 100 degree temps and humidity in the 70's. No one has had the time to adapt to the heat while trying to keep doing the jobs which have to be done. I do feel sorry for lawn company workers and highway workers and anyone else who must be outside most of the day because a sudden onslaught of high heat can be dangerous if you aren't used to it. The humidity is so high we wake up to most of our windows fogged up.
While not as painful as last winter's frigid air from the Polar Vortex, this week is still a week to not stay out too long at a time. Dogs are smarter than we are sometimes. I open the door to let Ferdie out and he backs up into the living room. No way, he tells me.
Around here our 36 hour rain totals were just about 4 inches of a soaking rain. Not all of it fell at once, but at intervals so water got down to the roots of many plantings. Much needed and appreciated.
That's the forecast for today and maybe tomorrow. Actually, as bad as this sounds when you couple the temperature with the humidity, we can't really complain here in St. Louis this summer. We've had an almost perfect summer and only a few uncomfortably hot days. It has been like living in Michigan without a lake.
But, I'm headed out to the backyard in Collinsville to hack back much of the overgrowth which has risen up this summer. At least until noon.
We really need a nice rain, the grassy areas have turned brown: gray and prickly dry over the past two weeks. But listening to the local weather reporters has me scratching my head. There is a rain front ahead of St. Louis which seemed a sure thing for last night and today, but now we wake up and learn it's slowly sliding south of us. Sometimes these fronts slide north. It just means we miss the rain.
Often the explanation is that the air over St. Louis metro is too dry for moisture above to turn to rain. Now it appears that the air is too moist.
There is no agonizing over the 90 degree weather coming this week after the summer we've had. If the hot weather shows up beginning July 22, that's something of a miracle summer. We've been blessed this year with one of the nicest summers in a long time. It is amazing, though, that even with the moderate temperatures the lack of rain has turned the lawns to a crunchy gray. The lack of moisture wrecks a landscape very quickly.
Next week January and February's hated Polar Vortex is going to return to the midwest. But this time it will be welcomed with open arms as temperatures won't get much above the mid 70's. There are some, especially those who have vacations planned along Lake Michigan won't appreciate the chilly air up there, but for us in St. Louis, mid 70's in July will be outstanding.
Just a reminder of how one thing can mean something in January and February and quite another in July.