From a weather perspective, August has been one of the most challenging months that I can remember in my lifetime. It seems like temperatures have reached 100 degrees more times this month than in the last five summers combined. In Nashville, it has been 100 degrees or hotter 14 days out of the last 17. I haven't had rain at my house since August 1, so now my yard has transformed into a remarkable combination of brown grass and powdery dirt.
It is expected to remain in the 100s through at least Friday. Just to illustrate how big a difference a drop of a few degrees can mean, I went to Crossville last weekend on a golfing trip. Crossville is up on the Cumberland Plateau, and the drop of temperature was delightful. The temperature was still 90 degrees, but a steady breeze made it feel great. Normally, I would denounce 90 degrees as being too hot, but after the last three weeks, it was a welcome relief.
It looks like the heat wave will continue for at least a little while longer here in Middle Tennessee. If the Weather Channel decides to cover this heat wave and drought with the same intensity as it does hurricanes, Jim Cantore should be showing up at my front door any moment.
But, hopefully, it will not come to that. We are now two-thirds of the way through summer, and the end is in sight.
I am hoping for an early autumn.