Utah’s spring has been markedly schizophrenic: hot and dry one day and crashing into a cold, wet funk the next. But it’s feeling much better now.
Whether emotions or forecasts, perhaps Sigmund Freud had the truth of it when he opined: "Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity."
There will be no uncertainly or gnawing doubts about Utah’s summer when it officially begins Saturday, ushered in by Friday’s clear, sunny skies and 90-degree highs. On Thursday, the forecast called for the mercury rise to near 80.
Southern Utah approaches the weekend with climatological confidence bordering on narcissism: Thursday’s forecast called for highs in the upper-90s under cloudless, bright horizons, with Friday and Saturday temperatures expected to hit triple digits.
However, Utah’s air quality heading for the end of this week could use some atmospheric affirmation: Salt Lake, Utah, Weber, Washington, Duchesne and Uintah counties all have compromised, or "yellow" grades. The remainder of the state’s monitoring regions were "green," though.
Still, there is this to serve as a soothing, mood-altering balm for Mother Nature: the Intermountain Allergy & Asthma website on Thursday listed all pollen sources in the "low" category.
Not need, then, to fear the flowers — and that, too, would please Dr. Freud, who declared: "Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts."
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