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Five stages of heat grief

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board and J.E. McReynolds Modified: June 14, 2013 at 2:41 pm •  Published: August 3, 2012

DENIAL:

The heat wave/drought is an anomaly. It will break soon. In any case, this can’t be as bad as last summer. An El Nino will come to our rescue, just wait and see! Last year the heat broke around Labor Day and it started raining again in the fall. This will happen again!

Anger:

Let’s face it. This is as bad as last summer, the one that broke all records. Relentless triple-digit highs? We’re used to that. But not to relentless 110-plus days.

Depression:

Why us? Why is it hotter here than in Phoenix, in the “Valley of the Sun”?

Bargaining:

We will accept these miserable summers as a tradeoff if the winters will stay mild and ice-free and the storms in spring and fall bring just rain and not hail and high winds. Also, we’d like it not to rain at all during the State Fair, except between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. Also, no weather delays at OU or OSU home games.

Acceptance:

We will get through this. By late October, we’ll all be enjoying the autumnal breezes and complaining (if only mildly) that it’s a bit brisk in the early morning or that the skies have been overcast for three straight days.

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by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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by J.E. McReynolds
Opinion Editor
J.E. McReynolds is Opinion editor at The Oklahoman and has worked for the newspaper’s Opinion section since 1995. He joined The Oklahoman as business editor in 1985 and was previously managing editor of The Journal Record. A native Oklahoman,...
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