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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

How 'bout that heat?


If it makes you feel better about enduring the fire-and-brimstone heat we’re suffering through today, this is seriously about as bad as it gets in the continental United States. Really.

As a native of south Texas, I had never even seen snow until I went to college in New Hampshire. The summers down there last about nine months; the winters there are kind of like fall up here -- without the foliage because everything’s just brown and dead, except the palm trees.

Every year an enterprising local weatherman would fry an egg on the sidewalk and we would all bask in the knowledge that we were tough people. Survivors even.

According to the current temperature in Framingham is 93 degrees with a heat index of 100. In my hometown of Portland, Texas, it’s 90 degrees with a heat index of 104. So congratulations, today is bad and it may be egg-frying weather, but we can take it.

Then, too, we know it will end soon. A real, true fall with crisp air, colorful canopies and the smell of logs on the fire is just a little more than two months away. South Texans have to turn on the central air at Christmas just to be able to use the fireplace!

--Lisa Kocian

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