Have him check in. At 90 pages, it will get started at the beginning of August regardless.
I don't really feel the need to start a new thread. I would probably get the title wrong anyway.
I do rather enjoy closing down the open thread with current to me climate observations, and happy to leave it to @begreen
to get the title correct for the new thread.
So far I have zero migratory birds headed south over head. This is Wednesday I think ( I am on staycation this week), Monday was still hot enough to wish my home had AC. Generally we have two weeks of summer around July 4 hot enough for me to wish for AC. This year it started in May and was still going strong at the beginning of this week.
However, pics are fireweed. The fireweed finished blooming yesterday, it is all over facebook up here. Fireweed starts blooming in late April, and just keeps blooming and blooming all summer. When the fireweed stops (finishes?) blooming, the first killing frost is two weeks away. It is possibly the most reliable seasonal indicator in Alaska, and it is done for 2021.
I remember my first summer up here, around 08-01, one of my friends said winter was just around the corner. I disagreed, pointing out the fireweed was finally blooming at the tip of each stem. He said, "Yup, when the fireweed finished flowering the first frost is two weeks away." He has been right ever single year. If we really do get a first frost in mid August moose season will be epic stupidity this year.
Enjoy. I have seven cords seasoned, just waiting to light the fuse.