Another long, interminable summer finally seems to be coming to an end. This summer somehow seemed longer than the rest; well, actually, each summer around here seems a little longer than the last. But this one especially dragged on because of this heat wave we had for most of July that just wouldn’t break, wouldn’t go away. Every day that month seemed to be in the high 90’s. And then, sometimes, just for kicks, we’d spend a few days over 100. This was the summer that Reno broke a record for the most consecutive days over 100 degrees. They ended up with nine or ten in a row. But down in Carson we were a degree or two cooler, just enough to keep us hovering around 99 for most of the time. But really, at that point the numbers mean nothing. Who’s able to tell the difference between 99 and 100 degrees, really? All you know is that it’s damn hot and you want to go hide in the basement. So now that we’re well into September, and the days are getting shorter, and there’s a definite nip in the night breeze, like tonight, I can finally breathe a sigh of relief that the summer is over.
And so begins our four weeks of autumn here in Northern Nevada. Things stay like this—a little on the uncomfortable side during the day but definitely chilly at night—until around mid October. Then temperatures go into a sharp decline, and by Nevada Day we’re looking at the 30s, or even the 20s, overnight. And while I’m not exactly looking forward to the bone-biting cold of a December night, I’d definitely choose that over a sweltering, sun-beating-down summer day.
To celebrate the coming of cooler days, I’ve brought back the snow-capped mountains in the masthead. It gives us something to look forward to. The mountains seem so naked now that all the snow has melted away; they need some of the white stuff to regain their character. And before you know it I’m going to be dragging out this picture again.
So if you’re one of those that gets off on the heat, watch out! Old Man Winter is on his way. You might want to move to Arizona for a few months.