Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Lake Effect

In the queue, a post I started last week about the lake effect and it's wonderful ability to keep cool those who live close to the water, while those in the western suburbs suffer from summer's deep heat. The next day it was over 90 degrees in the city and it seemed silly to write about our lovely natural air conditioning when every effort was being made to keep the children from overheating. There was no consoling Eleanor Roosevelt who collapsed on the front porch in a sad heap of beagle swelter.

This morning I considered turning on the heat. The high today, possibly 60, the coolest July 1st in 79 years. The girls set out in shorts and sweaters, complaining immediately about being cold. Of course those living inland may not even hit 60, hovering in the high 50s. That's the thing about the lake effect, cooler in the summer, warmer in the winter.

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