Sometimes an April day will suddenly bring showers
Rain to grow the flowers for her first bouquet.
— Lyrics from hit song by Pat Boone, 1957.
STARING OUT THE WINDOW, watching the rain pelt down as the thunder rumbles and storm clouds pass overhead, I can’t help but think about Pat Boone’s song.
He was a young heartthrob in the ‘50s; some say he had one of the best voices of any crooner there ever was. He had hits with songs like Love Letters in the Sand, Ain’t That a Shame and When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano.
But none was bigger than April Love. Those showers he sang about were the real thing. April was the rainy month. It rained and rained, guaranteed, then dried out in May and warmed up nicely in June.
As the decades went by, though, the rain shifted from April to May, then to May and June. Back in the ‘50s, nobody ever expected June to be a season of thunder showers and lightning storms. That’s climate change for you.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.