Here's my hope.
Because the Inland Northwest has had an abundance of hot, sunny days this summer, people around here will be less apt to complain about winter a few months from now.
Call me a dreamer.
But it just seems fair.
Perhaps someone poised to grouse about a little snow or cold will pause and have this thought: "Well, we did have exactly the sort of summer I yearn for...so maybe I need to accept that a vigorous winter is only right."
OK, I know what you are thinking.
"Not a chance in hell."
You're thinking that winter whiners are incapable of perspective, incapable of seeing things in context.
Incapable of remembering that our area shares a border with Canada.
Perhaps. But I prefer to have a little faith in people.
I'm betting those who traditionally seem stunned that our area can get a little frosty will remember the summer of '13 and act like grown-ups.
I'm betting that they will accept a little nip in the air as a fair trade for the long, hot summer they loved.
But that's just a guess. What's your prediction?