Another 90-plus day, and many more in sight for the next few months. You think: Hey, if I walk the dogs at 7:30 a.m. it won't be so hot. Wrong. It's muggy and hot, and not even a freezing cold shower can make you feel any better about being outside.
And so I find myself drawn to biologist Bill Streever's Cold: Adventures in the World's Frozen Places. Streever, who chairs the North Slope Science Initiative's Science Technical Advisory Panel in Alaska (whew) and has served on a climate change advisory panel, writes about all sorts of cold: avalanches, glaciers, snowflakes, frostbite. He writes about Shackleton, hibernation, the Ice Age and other elements of cold.
"We fail to see cold for what it is," Streever writes, "the absence of heat, the slowing of molecular motion, a sensation, a perception, a driving force."
Here in Florida we usually fail to see it at all, unless someone drops the thermostat too low. So Cold holds a certain appeal at this brutal time of a year, when Streever's dip into an Arctic swimming hole doesn't sound crazy at all but positively refreshing.
Cold hits shelves July 22.