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Here's hoping you get some sunshine soon, and that you can at least have a few months of nice weather in the summer.

Thanks! Right after I wrote that post, the sun popped out. :-)

After about three months of darkness, I'm walking around saying "Wish I were dead. Yeah, that's the ticket. It'll be dark, but I won't have to shovel snow." Then if we have about three days in a row where the sun comes out at least some, I find myself walking around saying "Isn't life great? What should I do today? Start a business maybe? Cure world hunger?"

Then that third weekend in August passes, and fall descends like a tarp over our heads for another 9 months.

You are correct and the lakes contribute to the clouds. It isn't unusual to see a radar of one large cloud over the state of Michigan, literally shaped like the state. I don't think it's so much that the lakes by themselves that make clouds, as it is that normally moist air approaches from the west, and instead of dissipating, moisture is added. The lakes keep moist air from breaking up, and instead, clouds build thicker. I like to say that sometimes it's so gray here, that it literally gets on stuff, because it does. It may be dark gray in the sky for weeks, and just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, the very air between you and a stopsign is gray. It's gray all the way to the ground. It isn't "just" a fog, but since the sky is darkened and then it's misty at ground level, it gives the appearance of the air having literally been tainted gray in front of your very nose. So smothering!

I just look so forward to moving in about six years. Imagine how happy I'll be. Maybe I'll take on pestilence or famine or something.

Paul T.

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