Hello, summer!

Hello, summer!
summer sky

For most of us in Chicago, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer season, which lasts until Labor Day.

It’s the season of farmers’ markets and festivals and outdoor events.  It seems every weekend there are block parties, yard sales, weddings and parties, too. It’s the season of al fresco dining, and concerts under the stars.

For some,  summer started  last weekend with the Printers’ Row Lit Festival,  Blues Fest in Millennium Park and the Old Town Art Fair.  I  can remember working the Printers’ Row Lit Fest, and the weather could be a challenge. There was usually rain at some point. It could be  cool and damp or hot and steamy, sometimes both in one day, like this past weekend.

We’ve had rain delay summers before. Here’s a post from 3 years ago!

June 1 is the start of meteorological summer. According to NWSChicago,  the first 10 days in June here have seen temperatures  below average, cool and rainy, and the nights have been under 60 degrees.  Meanwhile, there has been snow in Idaho and Montana, as reported by the Capital Weather Gang in the Washington Post.

Now we are approaching the summer solstice on June 21, when astronomical summer begins. These are  the longest days in the northern hemisphere.  The hottest days typically occur about one month  later, in mid-July.

Summer is here, with baseball and watermelons and strawberries, ice cream and mosquitos, thunderstorms and nights too hot to sleep. It’s what we live for all winter when we’re walking on the ice.  In summer,  ice cubes melt in the glasses.

Yes, tonight  summer begins.  I saw the first fireflies!

You can read more about fireflies here.






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  • To quote Tony Bennett's song "Firefly": Shine a little light on me.

    BTW, they don't write lyrics like this any more. Check it out, WG.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Oh AW, thank you for reading. The fireflies were such a delightful surprise, but this song is wonderful! It will be one of my summer songs, now. Thank you!

  • Fireflies in the fog will be something to look out for. Hooray! I'll look out for the song, too.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Thanks for reading! Isn't the song wonderful???
    No fireflies last night, but I did not imagine them the night before...

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Yes, I love the song! It keeps me looking for the real thing, too.

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