A lovely summer so far

Jun 17, 2011 | | |

For the past ten years of living in Utah, summer has been one of those nasty times of year that we have to endure to get to the more tolerable weather of spring, autumn and winter. Endless 40°C days, blast-furnace winds that dry out everything from your skin to your garden and sun so blazing it's just too hot to be outside.
But this year, things are looking up - we've had 60 days below average temperature so far and haven't even approached 30°C yet. The hottest days of the year are nearly always around July 24th after which it starts to cool off - that's only 5 weeks away and by this point we're normally dying of heat.
The downside of course is that it's still snowing in the mountains, and we still have most of the winter snowpack still to come down which means we're enduring flooding in places. But people's gardens and the parks look beautiful and green for a change. Trees and bushes are thriving, roses and other plants are going gangbusters.
I suppose the only downside is that the motorcycling is a bit sketchy at the moment. The only mountain pass that is open right now is Wolf Creek and that's only been open for two weeks. Normally it's clear in April. Monte Cristo pass - an excellent riding road that is normally open by the middle of May still has 25ft of snow on it in the third week in June.
But you know what - I can tolerate later riding seasons in return for not feeling like I'm living in an oven for three months of the year.