Grand Rapids just completed our coldest July ever. Our average temperature for the month was 67.1 degrees. We never went above 84. Three days didn’t climb out of the 60’s. We did receive plenty of sunshine (63% of what was available), so lack of sunlight was not the issue. Actually, unless you enjoy swimming at the beach and garden fresh (okay, organic) tomatoes, this has been a perfectly temperate summer.
Historically, this year isn’t that much of an anomaly, as the second coldest July was as recent as 1992 and the five hottest were way back when Cleveland still won championships (1921, 1916, 1901, 1936, and 1955).
My point is not to dwell on this inconvenient truth, but to invite your suggestions as to why our climate is so cold. I think it may have something to do with Michigan’s 15% unemployment, which in turn has a lot of us holding our breath, which in turn has cut down on the amount of carbon dioxide which we are releasing into the atmosphere. Or maybe our cows aren’t farting. But New York City had its second coldest July ever, so it’s not just us (or our courteous cows).