Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Summer past its peak?
Could it be? Is it possible that the worst of summer is already over? It’s too soon to say so definitively, but the signs are trending positively.
Yesterday was the usual hazy, hot and humid summer day that topped out at 90 degrees. At dusk, I walked the dogs, though not very far. Returning to the cabin, I stood and watched a small bat cavort through the trees, gobbling mosquitos overhead in the one opening in the forest canopy created by my cabin. It was a small bat, though all bats look small when they are at treetop level. And even the so-called big bats are less than 5” in length and only about a foot from one outstretched wing to the next. That said, my guess as to the species of this bat is the Little Brown Bat, Pennsylvania’s most common bat. They are just over 3” in length and about 8-10 inches with wings spread. I like watching bats—anything that feeds on mosquitos so voraciously is okay with me. And despite the fears of many, I think they are cute little things.
A fierce thunderstorm swooped through in the middle of the night, wakening everyone and keeping everyone awake for a solid hour with brilliant bursts of lightning and sharp cracks of thunder. Today, the humidity is gone, though it is still hot enough for me, if much more comfortable than yesterday. Even better, the forecast for the next 10 days shows no more 90 degree temperatures, with more than a few days struggling to reach 80. Northwest winds tomorrow and Thursday will even bring a small slug of raptor migrants down from the far north. Fall is beginning to approach, and summer is starting to feel as though it has reached its peak and is now beginning a slow slide to cooler temperatures. That’s never too soon for me.