Summer showed up in Oregon on its first date and proposed marriage.
No flowers. No candy. Just a demand to get hitched -- right now.
Nothing subtle here.
We usually have an easy transition in our weather during June. The rains of May stop, the overcast starts clearing, and the temperature slowly increases. By the second week in June, we start feeling as if we have survived another rainy season.
Not so, this year. June was cloudy. Sporadically wet. Disappointing.
Whoever was dozing at the weather gauge must have been jabbed in the ribs earlier this week. Because the dial jumped from Dreary Spring to Hades Light over night.
The state of my birth is not a stranger to heat. But this past week has been a jolt.
We have had several days now with temperatures in the 90s. You can see today's forecast at the top of this post. We have benefited from the same heat wave that has engulfed the United States in its warm embrace. Mother Nature's love can sometimes be smothering.
A couple days this week, we had higher temperatures than Melaque. But I was far more comfortable here. Our humidity was running about 18% while Melaque's was 75%. And our nights have been picture perfect -- in the 50s and 60s. My neighbors in Melaque do not get that sort of relief.
For me, this week has been almost perfect weather.
I just wish I could enjoy it. Unfortunately, I have been experiencing this great summer in a hermetically-sealed office building with air conditioning.
But the weekend is here. And it is time for me to get out there and enjoy what I like best about Oregon.