Well, not just the weatherman, but the entire weather forecasting system is sometimes stumped by the fickle nature of the Kansas Flint Hills. Yesterday at 8:00am., weather.com and the local news all predicted a return to highs in the mid-100's for the Flint Hills after a brief respite in the high 90's late last week. I hurried outside to mow and get at least some minor work done in my neglected garden before the heat rose. A warm south wind was blowing and the temps quickly rose towards the 90's. And then low and behold about 10:00a.m., as I mowed, the wind increased rapidly and it got darker and darker and then simply ominous to the west and north.
It didn't rain, as a big summer storm slid just north of us, but I didn't complain a bit because by 1:00 p.m. the temperature was a cool 81 degrees and it didn't rise back into the 90's all day. Last night a little rain came, and this morning it was downright chilly to my heat-wave-adjusted internal thermometer. Forecasts for the next 10 days show a number of low nights in the 60's and only two days into the 90's. The heat wave has broken here! The only creatures in my garden that aren't happy about that are the cold-blooded snakes and lizards slinking around in my peripheral vision. I don't know if my fellow Kansas blogger Gaia Garden is right in her eloquent post about global warming, but at least I know now that I'll see Winter once again in the Flint Hills. I was beginning to wonder. Even the sun yesterday evening, exiting with a golden sunset, seemed to want to apologize to the Flint Hills earth and gardeners for all the troubles it has caused in recent weeks.