The rainy weather we’ve had for the last week or so might bum you out. After all, it’s May! May is a time for sunny days reviving us from the long nights of winter.
But here’s the thing: In about a month, we’ll all be wishing the rain came back because, according to a report in the New Haven Register, the heat is a-coming and it will be relentless.
Obviously, long-term forecasts aren’t always perfect. Once you start looking more than a few days out, there is plenty of room for things to chance. But the consensus seems to be that June, July, and August are going to be warmer than usual and we re going to see more than our fair share of heat waves this summer.
Sure, on the one hand that means lots of sunny days, maybe some trips to the beach, and perfect road trip weather. But, on the other hand, that means water shortages, maybe some higher gas prices, and sweating every time you step out into the world.
It’s one of the trade offs we deal with here in New England, but in doing so, we have to follow this solid rule of thumb: Pick one thing to complain about and stick to it.
Too often do New Englanders whine and moan during the winter (saying it’s too cold and there’s too much snow) only to complain about the exact opposite during the summer (saying it’s too hot and the humidity is unbearable). You can’t have it both ways, people!
That’s why I choose to complain about the heat. Sure, winter is long and brutal. But snow can be fun! You can use it to sled, ski, or make snowballs. It gives us an excuse to drink hot chocolate and stay in bed. It gives us snow days when we don’t have to go to school or work. And, of course, it makes the holidays feel more festive.
What does heat and humidity do? Basically nothing. It’s the same weather conditions as a sunny day in spring, except a little more miserable. Heat sucks and if it meant trading 4 months of summer weather for two more months of winter and two more months of spring, I’d take it.
I’m not saying you have to agree with that assessment. I’m just saying you need to pick one. Heat waves are coming and you’re free to join me in complaining about them. But know this: If you do, you better keep your mouth shut during winter.