If you read that this was not the hottest summer on record in our area, you need to read the fine print.
The figures released by the National Weather Service this week should get your attention.
Lakeland had the third hottest August on record and the eighth hottest summer since records were collected in 1915. However, the difference between the current and the record temperature is only about one degree Fahrenheit and the other top records are in the past decade.
The figures at other locations in the area tell a similar story, with the exception of a couple of historical outliers.
Add to that the fact that the temperatures are monitored at locations at the edge of town far from the urban heat islands where most people live may indicate the problem may be even worse than the official figures indicate.
The real indicator may be how much your electric bills, a lot of it related to how much your air conditioners were running to keep you comfortable, increased between last year and this year.
That may a dose of reality to the political rhetoric that says this is all just a hoax.