When I moved to Loveland in l964, Colorado’s regular afternoon summer thunder storms surprised me.

As a child, I lived in New York, where day upon day of heavy heat and humidity made me long for the arrival of thunderstorms. I’d also lived near San Francisco where jackets were needed during chilly summer fog.

But in Colorado most mornings broke blue beyond belief.

“This is a perfect day for swimming,” I’d say as I fixed lunch and dinner in the morning to free the afternoon for swimming.

In the mornings swim lessons were held at the Loveland Public Swimming pool, located near the Old Armory Building on South Lincoln Avenue. Public swimming was free and available in afternoons.

Just as our daughters, ages 2, 4 and 6 piled into the car, swim towels in hand, gray thunderheads often billowed overhead. Sometimes we’d get a swim in before the rain, sometimes not.

Gradually I came to enjoy the freshness summer storms brought with them, even if it meant missing a few swims in the pool.

Over the past decade this pattern of afternoon thunderstorms seems to have changed.

The epic fires along Front Range and drought conditions facing agricultural crops and livestock make me long for those daily summer thunderstorms.

What about you? What are your thought s about these weather changes?

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