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by Ric Erickson

Paris:– Monday, 1. October:–  It started to dry out on Saturday but Sunday was sort of a somber flop as the bright, sunny day it was advertised to be. The good news is that it started to get warmer when the prevailing wind switched from northwest to southwest, working up to 22 this afternoon. It felt balmy outside, as if we are getting closer to the Equator instead of further away.

Worse Forecast Before Teatime

It just goes to show that it does not matter how much the temperature goes up after the 15th of August, it is still going to be more outside than it is inside when the heating has yet to be cranked on for this season – which quit being summer in the fourth week of July. What should be call this six–week period? We, feeble and weak–blooded eaters of snails drowned in garlic.

This week, thanks to the wonders of a huge, HD TV, finally hooked up and performing brilliantly if not in HD – at least Arte has the decency to broadcast in widescreen – Metropole Paris brings you an exclusive France–2 TV weather prediction of the overall weather pattern over this part of the world. Notice the big whorl offshore – what it's actually doing is sucking warm air up from Africa and Spain. Spain uses it first and we get lukewarm leftovers.

photo, weather forecast for tuesday, france 2 tv What the weather really looks like.

With all the excitement I forgot to actually watch the forecast. So I have had to do the research again. This is what I learned:– Le Parisien says, the storms are here. My hunch was crummy. Météo France guesses that Tuesday will be cloudy and rainy, morning and afternoon, and the high will be 19 degrees, which they said was warm.

According to their tiny little pictograms it will be cloudy, rainy and sunny on Wednesday, with no emphasis on the latter. But get this – they claim that a high of 21 will be chaud. Then just to teach us a lesson they predict the same for Thursday, lower the temperature to 20 degrees and call it chaud again.

This is pretty bad so I'll add their take for Friday too. More sunny than cloudy they claim, and sunny for Saturday. I remember now – last night's whole–week forecast put the likelihood as only 2 out of 5. That's like saying whatever they showed was pure fantasy. The other day they were saying first snowfall too. Turn on the heat, please!

photo, umbrellas in our indian summer Locals enjoying Indian Summer.

Météo from New York across the Atlantic will be more good than here, according to our expert, semi–wise forecaster, Météo Jim. Take it away Jim:–

Pommeland has Bonus Summer

The summer of 2007 that never was in le pays de Paris Plage took its summer vacation in Pommeland this past week. Temperatures reached 90 a–grad – 32+ e–grad – in many parts of the eastern seaboard, setting new records.

Even though there has been record heat, the trees are changing into their autumn dress, but it seems a bit strange to see autumnal hues through summer haze.

photo, sign, avis risque de vent violent

A cool front has arrived with a few drops of rain, bringing the temperatures to the low 70s a–grad. Temperatures will stay at this level until the middle of next week when Paris Plage tries to return to Pommeland.

Amazing Mets Never Cease To Amaze

Two weeks ago they were leading the eastern baseball league by 7 games, confidently headed for the playoffs. They then lost almost every consecutive game thereafter. Yesterday was their final chance and they were completely eliminated from any playoff hopes when they lost by 8 – 1. It was the worst slide of any team in baseball history. There is zero joy in Metsland today.

A la prochaine, Météo Jim

Café Life

How Metropole Gets Done

One day last week I was minding my own business trying to read three high–tech user manuals when the server–lady Linda Thalman phoned and proceeded to talk me into doing a tiny report for her because her painting class happens at the same time as the traffic jam between the Cadillac Ranch and downtown Paris , which is all day, and Sundays too.

photo, mickey, le select's cat Mickey declines drink offer.

How could I refuse a plea like that? And besides, just how long is this technical pause of mine going to last? I should remember that this is the rentrée and make sure my pencils are sharpened, for it only happens once a year, and these aren't unlimited.

Since she asked I thought that maybe a visit to the brand–new national museum of architecture in the Palais Chaillot might be a lightbulb of an idea. Just think – they have all these plans and models of famous monuments and châteaux from all over France, and for the price of a single ticket you can tour the whole works in one set of shoes without even carrying a water bottle. If thirst should strike, there's almost certainly a cantine there.

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