Mother Nature’s tricks

Mother Nature seems to be watching Minnesota and the Midwest in general, to make sure the weather sucks on holidays and weekends.
Bored with showers and thunderstorms, the old woman recently switched to a heat wave to add a little misery to anyone in the area attempting to enjoy the outdoors over the Fourth of July.
Did I mention the mosquitos?
I’ve resorted to getting up with the sun to get an hour or two of riding in before the serious heat and humidity set in.
That was kind of tough this morning because I worked until 11:30 last night.
But I did it.
It was cooler – not really comfortable – but cooler.
Since Mother has to exact some sort of penalty for any meteorological concession she makes, there was a north wind slowing me down as I pedaled out of town. It wasn’t terrible. It was just about 10 mph – enough to let me know that I wasn’t struggling enough with a relative humidity of 94 percent.
It’s that humidity that really got to me, but not so much because of my discomfort. The head wind cooled me rather nicely, thank you very much.

This soft focus wasn’t what I was striving for.

When I stopped to take a photo to document my early morning adventure, the humidity kept accumulating on my camera lens. Wiping the lens with my jersey seemed to help, but even pictures that looked good on my camera’s little screen turned out to be foggy.
Soft focus photos work sometimes.
But all I wanted to show was my bike parked in front of a corn field with the sun rising through the clouds above. I’m not sure the fuzziness I captured really enhanced what I shot.
It should be a little cooler tomorrow, according to the National Weather Service.
Humidity, however, will probably come in the form of the 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

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