I try to record the first ripe tomato in my garden every year. This year is a record - June 30th! It's not even July yet, according to the calendar. The thermostat on the other hand says differently. It has been blazing hot in Portland, and it's not looking to let up any time soon.
To put this recent heat wave in perspective, I'm usually craving some sun and a hot day on June 30th. It's usually still reliably 65°f and rainy right about now. Fourth of July weekend is the first moment a Portlander can expect to see the sun - and she really looks forward to it.