In an article called (yes) “Buffalo Oasis,” published on August 26, the New York Times said the following:
The weather has been inhospitable in parts of the nation this summer. In July, the interior West sizzled under a spell of extreme heat, with Montana, Idaho and Wyoming recording their hottest Julys on record. This month, the stifling heat has shifted to the South and Ohio Valley. Memphis, Birmingham and Cincinnati have had more days with temperatures of 100 degrees and higher than any other August.
Torrential rain has poured on the Midwest and southern Plains this summer. Corpus Christi, Texas had its wettest July, while Madison, Wis. has had its wettest August and month on record. In contrast, it’s been a blissful summer on the shores of Lake Erie in Buffalo. May and June brought record amounts of sunshine to the city, while the average high since May has been a pleasant 77 degrees.
Having bragged thus far, I do admit we could have used more rain. But still. We get so much (mostly inaccurate) razzing about our weather, I couldn’t resist. Of course, now I’ll probably be struck by lightning.