Summer is over? Say it ain’t so…
Holy smokes! Are you kidding me?
Are you saying it is the Labor Day Weekend already? How on Earth did that happen?
You mean it is going to be the end of the State Fair on Monday, and school is going to start this next week? And, football and other fall sports are all gearing up or even already underway?
OK, I only have one question. What the heck happened to summer? Can it really be over already?
Yes, I know it really is not officially over until the 8:54 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, when it is the autumnal equinox and fall officially begins.
But, we all know the unofficial end of summer is Labor Day, which is this Monday, Sept. 3. School starts, weather gets cooler, days are shorter (well, it gets darker earlier in the evening and still dark when we get up out of bed unless you like to sleep in). The day is still 24-hours long, of course.
And as I mentioned earlier, football and other fall sports have started up.
By football, I mean the Buccaneers will have had their first game by the time you read this. It was this past Thursday. Details will be in the next Faribault County Register.
The Vikings are hot and heavy into their pre-season games, the Gophers, Mavericks and other teams are also all getting underway.
The Buccaneer volleyball team has two matches under their belts already, and the cross country teams also have participated in a few meets as well.
The BEA girls tennis team, well, they have had four matches already and should have had a couple more except for the weather not cooperating.
But, I digress. Let’s get back to that question about summer. Just how did it go by so fast?
Well, my theory is the weather.
Remember back to April when we were still getting snowstorms? And I mean, real snowstorms, nearly a foot of snow a couple of times.
We had a late spring. And it was a crummy one at that.
Then it was the unofficial start to summer, the Labor Day Weekend, and bam! We got hit with hot temperatures, more like August and not the end of May.
Can you say more 90 plus degree days in a row than most of us can remember happening that early ever before.
(Oh, yes, and once again, before someone points it out to me, I am well aware that the official start to summer was actually back in June when it was the summer solstice and was the longest day of the year or at least the day with the most amount of sunshine in the northern hemisphere.)
It was also one of the rainiest summers any of us old guys can remember.
I mean, really, it seemed to rain every couple of days or so. It was hard to keep up with the mowing. It had to be done twice a week, maybe more.
And that rain has continued all summer. Have you ever seen lawns this green in Minnesota at the end of August? They should be dry and brown and crunchy underfoot this time of year. And not need to be mowed except every other week, maybe.
And, of course, all this rain has hampered a lot of activities besides fun things like golf and softball.
Farmers have been battling weather, from late planting to flooded and hailed fields. Now they are probably wondering just what they might have to put up with for the fall harvest time.
The construction guys have been trying to get an awful lot of projects done this summer all around Faribault County, and it has been a giant issue.
Most of the utility, street, and building work is set to be completed by mid to late October. The crews and engineers are saying that it is still a good chance that it can happen by those dates.
Weather permitting, they add.
There are torn up streets and highways in Blue Earth, Wells and Winnebago, and it sure would be nice to get that all done before the snow flies. And given the wacky weather we have had so far, who knows when that will happen.
We have had some awfully nice fall weather in past years, but we have also had some crummy weather as well.
October can be beautiful and nice. Or it can be cold and nasty and even very snowy. I remember many times the kids were out Trick or Treating, bundled up in their snowsuits, caps and mittens, completely hidden their costume underneath.
OK, so once again, yes I am aware that winter doesn’t officially start until the winter solstice in December.
But, hey, this is Minnesota. Anything and everything can happen here…and it usually does. As the old saying goes, “If you don’t like the weather in Minnesota, wait five minutes and it will change.”
So, I hope you were able to dodge the heat, humidity, rain, wind and hail, and were able to find a little bit of time to enjoy the summer, now that it is over.