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Happy 4th of July

Posted July 4, 2008

The month of July started off unbelievably wonderful, as far as the weather is concerned. How often, this time of the year, do we get a break from the humidity? 90+ degree weather is much easier to take with the dewpoints are running in the 50s. Without all that moisture in the air we see a nice cool down at night, and the mornings are so refreshing. Well, hope you didn’t get used to it, because it’s back to reality as we get into the holiday weekend and it looks like next week we will be looking for different ways to say “Hazy, Hot & Humid”.

It’s hard to imagine celebrating Independence Day without it being warm & muggy (not to mention the mosquitoes). The summer I turned seven we moved to Minnesota, just north of St. Paul. We had heard the joke that Minnesota had two seasons; winter and The 4th of July. I believe it was the last summer we lived there, in the early 70s that we watched fireworks in our winter coats as temperatures dropped into the 40s. I guess there was only one season that year.

Fireworks usually start around 30-45 minutes after sunset, or a little after 9:00pm here. In Seattle, WA that would put the start of fireworks around 10:00pm! Sunset today in Fairbanks, Alaska is half-an-hour after midnight! Then sunrise occurs at 3:24am. Does it even get dark enough for fireworks?! At least in Juneau the sun sets around 10:00pm. Alright, this is too much to wrap my brain around, especially on a holiday.

I hope you have a happy and safe 4th.


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