I thought Global Warming was the problem.
But my local TV news just ran a story about the problems associated with this summers cool trend. In my neck of the woods, the Grand Rapids, MI, area, this summer has been 4 degrees cooler than last year, and only twice has the official temperature in Grand Rapids hit 90. (That doesn’t seem right to me, but I’ll let it pass.)
They interviewed a local swimsuit store owner who was having trouble selling swimsuits and a local park ranger who was worried that tourist dollars weren’t rolling in.
So is it warm weather that’s the problem, or cool weather?
This is only four degrees, so we’re obviously not talking The Day After Tomorrow, here. No worries about the coming ice age.
Plus, check out the water levels for Lake Michigan:
The levels I noted in early July seem to be holding about steady, relatively speaking, and they’re slightly higher than the extremely low levels we had last year. In other words, they’re more toward the long-term average.
So what’s the excitement all about?
When temps are up a bit, water levels are down (bad). But when temps are down a bit, swimsuit stores, many of which probably opened or expanded their shops based on a season or two of NON-TYPICAL weather, suffer (bad).
Temps are down four degrees from last year. Good? Bad?