, Salem, MA


June 30, 2014

Our view: A slow start to summer

It shouldn’t be this way, given that the sun has been shining, the temperatures are warm, and the leaves and flowers are out. But even with all those usual signs, this has been an odd summer. More like a non-summer.

We’ve heard it mentioned by many people. Somehow, summer never quite got off the ground. It’s made a few attempts to take off, but thus far, it’s still sizzling on the launch pad, waiting for ... what?

By now, we would expect to see the usual influx of beachgoers and boaters along our local shore. Neither has been there in the usual abundance.

We blame Old Man Winter, that miserably cold stretch of thermal landscape that has thrown our clocks off. Gardeners, farmers, flower aficionados and even fishermen will tell you that the usual rhythms of spring were delayed by two to three weeks this year. The winter had been unusually cold, taking a goodly toll on us humans and an even bigger toll on our beloved shrubs and yard trees. And the poor kids found themselves staring at the schoolroom walls far too late into June.

Temperatures have risen somewhat, but seemingly not enough to recoup. And ocean water temperatures have been lower than in previous years, which were admittedly very warm.

Every season has its particular flavor. This summer will perhaps be marked by more muted temperatures than we are used to. But it is summer, and for that reason alone we should do our utmost to put on our summer wardrobe, pull out the lawn chairs and help Mother Nature get this high season going.

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