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In the upper Midwest, the month of August marks the peak of summer, often bringing the hottest temperatures of the year. In the northern reaches of our area, by mid-month, one can already sense the coming autumn. As we progress toward the autumnal equinox, the daylight grows shorter, but the atmospheric cooling one would expect is usually on hold. Retained heat in bodies of water, the atmosphere and land often keep us "cooking" for most of the month.
“Some days in late August at home are like this, the air thin and eager like this, with something in it sad and nostalgic and familiar...”                                                                                                             William Faulkner
 

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