As a resident of the Northeast, I'm used to a certain amount of weird weather. Sure, you can start the day sunny and 70 and end up with a hail storm. Rain storms pass through seemingly from nowhere, soaking everything for 5 minutes and then disappearing. My years spent in LA didn't make me as hypersensitive to any weather as you might think, though it is nice to see forecast after forecast predicting partly cloudy and high in the 70s ad infinitum.
But if you've been paying attention these past few months, you have to admit that the weather has gotten ridiculous. If the term Global Warming throws you off because it doesn't always seem that warm, then just admit that the climate is not what it used to be. As evidence, here is a highlight reel from the past four months in the New York area.
In late July, we suffered an extreme heat wave. The temperatures were in the 100s for the better part of a week, made all the worse by the high degrees of humidity. On one of the worst days, I refused to make the descent into the hellish subways and instead walked to a bus stop, taking a break every block inside an air conditioned store to cool and dry off before continuing on. When I made it to the bus stop, I waited inside a nearby Duane Reade until the bus pulled up. Clearly my experience could have been worse as over 20 people died from the heat that week.
As Fall began, the Northeast began to put itself back together. The weather was mild, remaining pretty warm through most of October, and the leaves changed slowly without frost hurrying their transformation along.
Good luck, friends.