Crazy as it sounds, at some point during the "dog days" every summer, many Western New Yorkers wax nostalgic for January.
Give us five or ten breath-taking minutes of sub-zero wind chills and blinding lake-effect snow, then we'll be ready to take on the rest of July and August.
So, on an evening when temperatures were still hanging in the 80s with grossly sticky dewpoints above 70 degrees, Holiday Valley in Ellicottville asked that inevitable question:
Would you rather ...
— Holiday Valley (@holidayvalley) July 22, 2016
Less than an hour into the social media query, more than 200 people had responded.
Of them, more than 7 out of 10 heat-weary residents admitted they'd opt for the cold over all this heat and humidity.
That many around the region are already ready to kick the thermometer back to the teens and creep through a wall of lake-effect snow, is a testament to just how uncomfortable it is out there.
So far in Buffalo, there have been three 90 degree days this spring and summer.
July is running a statistically significant 2.2 degrees above normal.
There's been barely any rain to speak of since the middle of spring.
And, the humidity has been downright oppressive on most days and nights.
Friday, a "heat dome" created by a strong ridge of extremely high pressure over much of the nation raised temperatures to 90 degrees in 48 of the 50 American states. Only Washington and Alaska were excepted.
And in Buffalo, there's no relief coming this weekend, according to the National Weather Service forecast:
The bubble of dangerous heat that scorched parts of the Midwest with heat indices close to 110 degrees Friday moves into the Northeast for the weekend, according to The Weather Channel.
In Buffalo, temperatures are forecast to creep toward or reach the 90 degree mark both days and overnight lows won't get out of the mid-70s Sunday night.
It won't be as humid, which should help a little bit, but that stickiness rebuilds again late Sunday into Monday with chances of showers and thunderstorms forecast.
Warmth looks to prevail much of next week too with daytime high temperatures forecast to be in the 80s every day through at least next Friday.
As for that snow?
All in due time.