Putting Seattle's Heat Wave In Perspective

Yes, it's hot for Seattle. Real damn hot. Record hot, maybe. And the Seattle Times, predictably, can't get enough of it. We're not pointing fingers here: Such flood-the-zone weather coverage has been a club in many a daily's bag for decades, if not centuries. The local network affiliates' hands are even sweatier, and the mayor's ordered the code red as well.

But as someone who lived in Missouri for nearly four years, allow me to put this in perspective: In St. Louis, home of Cardinal teddies worn by Samantha from Who's the Boss, you know what they call the sort of weather everyone's going apeshit over now? They call it July. Now go about your lives as though everything's fine and the sun is shining. Because it is.

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