Winter weather has its advantages along Gulf Coast

By John Toth

I posted something pretty controversial on Facebook the other day -- the AccuWeather temperature reading for my hometown along the Texas Gulf Coast. The high that day happened to be forecast at 84 degrees Fahrenheit.

I have a rule never to post anything political, or jump into a political thread. I just think that Facebook is better suited for photos of families, pets and re-posting interesting items other people post.

And, I usually don’t really get into what the temperature is here, but since we have had all of this bad weather lately in some other places, I thought my friends would like a different view of winter weather.

I admit, there are days when it’s cold here, but for the most part, winters are pretty mild. I don’t have to tell you, dear readers of this weekly paper, because you know what I am talking about. The winters here are mild, and the summers are hot. That’s just the way it is.

To my Internet-only readers in the cold parts of the country, I feel your pain. Even if you like snow, how much of it do you really want?

So, I posted a temperature gauge on my phone screen and learned that pointing out that it’s shorts and T-shirt weather here in March can be almost as controversial as jumping into a political thread.

“Good God, 80 in March. It’ll be 100 by June. That sounds miserable,” posted someone from Dallas, who may prefer to live in an area where it doesn’t get that hot in the summer.

We’re not talking about the summer. We’re talking about right now. Yeah, it gets really hot in Dallas. That’s why I don’t live there. I went there for a softball tournament years ago when my daughter still played, and it was really hot.

After the tournament, we went to catch a Rangers baseball game. At the start, around 7 p.m., it was 104. In the 4th inning, it cooled down to 94. That was quite an improvement, but not good enough, and I left in search of air conditioning.

I never could understand why they didn’t build a roof over that stadium, like in Houston, and air-condition the place. I was burning up in the stands, and the players must have been doing the same on the field. What genius came up with a plan to build an open-air stadium in the Dallas area?

“Don’t fret. It will be 108 in a week or two,” posted the same Dallas resident.

Not really. Along the Gulf Coast, it usually hovers around 95 in the summer. And we have this great invention called the air conditioner that keeps us cool for a price.

“Well, you have to get to the car, then the A/C’d building without fainting. Just sayin!”

I understand that part, although exaggerated. So it’s not a perfect world. My point is that I’d rather cool than heat the air.

“Oh, and it gets way above 95 on the coast here. 95 is spring time temps,” continued my disgruntled friend of a friend.

I extended a hand. “Come to Galveston in July and see how bad things are. You won’t want to leave. I can just about guarantee that,” I wrote back. I won’t be paying for it, of course. For the record, it was just a suggestion.

My phone rang. My buddy called to complain that its 95 degrees outside.

“It’s not,” I said. “It feels like it,” he replied. “It does not,” I said.

Here is my take: No matter what the weather is like, people will gripe because it’s not good enough. It’s too cold in the winter (except for here, of course) and too hot in the summer (agreed).

Here is my solution: Southwest Airlines promotional fares.

I’m not getting paid by the airline for this (I wish I were, though), but for just a few dollars, you and I can go to the weather we like, provided you don’t mind sitting in the middle (which I don’t).

I did it two years ago when I had to get away from the heat. A week in Colorado fixed it all.

So, all you complainers in the cold states (or countries), get on the big bird, come down here, and enjoy summer in the winter. We may journey to your neck of the woods in late August, or early September.