Benjamin Franklin told us that the only certainties in the world were death and taxes.
Well with respect to old Ben, we think he got it wrong. He missed one certainty — weather.
Weather impacts all of us every day. Often it’s too hot, too cold, too wet or too dry, so when it’s perfect, we embrace it.
Of course, the definition of perfect weather varies from person to person, which may be why television stations spend so much time talking about it — even when nothing is going on.
For example, we know that summer in eastern North Carolina means three things — high temperatures, high humidity and the chance of afternoon thunderstorms. The forecast rarely changes from the middle of July to early September.
Still, we can’t walk out the door without checking the forecast — or at least hearing about it.
But then there are days like Friday. Temperatures soared into the 90s, which can be pretty typical for this time of year, as a summer heat wave impacted the area. Many probably wished for that afternoon thunderstorm to cool us off.
Wish again. The storm that came through produced wind gusts of up to 60 mph, enough to knock down trees and cause a power outage in many parts of western Havelock. Areas of Tucker Creek and Carolina Pines were without power for almost 20 hours, and Saturday temperatures in the 90s didn’t help.
But while those residents without power were baking, so were the workers trying to fix the problem. One of the issues was downed power lines and poles in the MacDonald Downs subdivision, and those poles and lines weren’t easily accessible. Heavy trucks had to be brought in and swampy areas with thick brush had to be negotiated.
And Havelock was just part of the problem. Severe storms across the state knocked out power to about 90,000 customers on Friday night, including about 47,000 in the Charlotte area.
Misery loves company, we suppose.
Either way, we tend to enjoy summer weather. It’s a chance to go to the beach or hit a water park. It’s time to enjoy barbecues or a dinner out at a nice outdoor, waterfront restaurant.
But as much as we enjoy the weather, Friday’s storm taught us to be wary of it as well.
Which makes sense. After all, we’re also wary of death and taxes. Thanks Ben.