The ATL’s “Endless Summer”

Posted: April 30, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Is anyone crazy from the heat yet? We barely scratched the surface with the month of May and our poor little A/C units are starting to churn along. Wasn’t it just a few days ago that our own furnace units were on? Now, Mother Nature’s furnace unit is going full blast, breaking records no doubt. Yes, “Spring Fever” is normal at this time of the year, but this feels more like “Summer Beach Fever.” Speaking of the beach, the Beach Boys just played Chastain Amphitheater in Atlanta. Did they leave us with an actual “Endless Summer” in the Atlanta metro area early? Seriously folks, we’re weeks away from Memorial Day!

Really, I hate to whine, but is this a sick joke? I’m writing this post on April 30, National Honesty Day. Please weather experts, be honest and give it to me straight: Will we be sweltering through Halloween this year? I think the experts would give me a full “thumbs up” answer to that query, but they’re too scared that we will bombard Home Depot early this season to deplete their supply of fans and air conditioning window units.

Well, we all know that Home Depot and other home improvement centers will have a nice summer — laughing all the way to the bank with our hard-earned dollars as we seek our respites from the scorching heat. Georgia Power and other electricity providers in the Southeastern United States will also have a great summer as our electric meter counters and spindles accelerate faster than a deer crossing the highway. Car repair centers also have a field day, reviving our already-taxed auto A/C units. To this day, I cannot believe I moved to this area in an un-air-conditioned vehicle. I replace that vehicle with one that leaked Freon. No, I couldn’t catch a break from the heat in those days!

Still, as I expressed in this space before: I would rather put up with the expected high temps – which is our worst weather – than piles of snow for months at a time, which is the worst weather for those who live way north of us. Indeed, I could do without the severe weather which seems to be plaguing the South more these days. You know those events that typically feature heavy downpours, hail and worse yet, twisters. When the severe weather visits the area, you know it is bad when some of the male local television weather gurus pull 18-hour shifts of wall-to-wall coverage with sleeves rolled up as they spot those “animated spinning cells” on their super computers.

Well, there’s not a dang thing we can do about this heat. Buckle up; it’s going to be a long, hot ride. Stay cool Hotlanta. 

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