Summer needs a redo



What do you mean summer is almost over? Seriously, with our spring that was mostly a continuation of winter, we had all of about two months of nice, summer weather.

Now it’s the second week of September, kids are back in school and people are talking about that most dreaded time of year – winter.

That’s right folks, 49 days from today is Halloween, or 77 until Thanksgiving, and how about 104 days until Christmas. Do you feel my pain yet?

Where did summer go? It seems like it just arrived yesterday, now the kids are all back in school and the stores are putting out their Christmas decorations…

…you heard me, Christmas decorations.

The 2020 Farmers’ Almanac says we’re going to have a “Polar Coaster” winter. Oh joy! No, it couldn’t be a mild winter. Or a warmer than average winter. It has to be a “polar coaster.” For those of you who might not be entirely sure what that means, let me give you a little clue – it’s going to snow a lot, and be very cold.

Yes, the Farmers’ Almanac says plenty of frigid temperatures and snow for most of the country. “Freezing, frigid, and frosty” are the exact terms used to describe the upcoming season. The Almanac calls for above-normal winter precipitation over the eastern third of the country as well as the Great Plains, Midwest, and the Great Lakes.

Add colder-than-normal temperatures in the and abovenormal precipitation, the Farmers’ Almanac extended forecast says also expect a wintry mix of rain and sleet.

I think I’ve mentioned before I’m not a connoisseur of winter weather. Oh, when I was a kid, I loved the stuff. I’d be out playing in the snow for hours if we had a snow day. Now, not so much, especially with my kids being mostly grown I barely venture outside once the snow flies.

Not into snowmobiling or skiing or ice fishing. No way. You’ll find me inside under a blanket watching Netflix in the winter. I venture outside for very little during these coming months, and I expect it will be even less if we get this “polar coaster.”

I’m not sure when my love of winter died. I think it was sometime after my body started aching from the cold, my fingers and toes seemed to freeze no matter how warm I dressed and the getting up and driving through snow-covered roads to get to the office stopped being a fun challenge and became downright awful.

So, hold on summer, not so fast. You’re not getting out of here that easily. I’m calling for a redo of summer. You had a late start and I don’t think I’ve had enough time to enjoy it. It’s just not fair!

Gary Gould is the managing editor of the View Newspapers. Contact him at 810-452-2650 or email