When we’re havin’ a heat wave

When the temperatures around here start inching into the 60s, the locals complain of a heat wave. Seriously.

Well, maybe complain is too negative, but they are vocal.

Convertibles will have been cruising around with their tops down for some time, at least when it’s not raining. Or maybe not.

I even saw some tables on the Old Sow restaurant’s outdoor deck blithely occupied at night when the temps sat in the lower 40s.

I won’t even mention the guys who go around all winter in shorts.

This definitely ain’t California, Texas, or ‘specially Florida.

How does seasonal change kick in where you are?

Our Coast Guard icebreaker

When the icebreaker Thunder Bay visited Eastport last summer, I wondered why the Northeast would need one. And then I learned about the Penobscot and Kennebec rivers this time of year, as well as the mighty Hudson. Yes, they ice up even in the navigable tidal stretches.

Here’s how the Penobscot Narrows look from the observatory atop the Fort Knox bridge: