By P.J. Griekspoor Archives Email Author Follow @P.J. Griekspoor Just in Time for Official Summer's End: Cooler Weather Kansas Viewpoint Record heat wave ends just in time for Labor Day, start of fall activities Published on: September 6, 2011 Tweet Post to Your Wall. Email Blog RSS Permalink Print Nobody was happier than the Griekspoor-Dewhirst-Goerzen clan to see the end of this summer's horrific, record-setting heat wave, just in time for perfect picnic weather on Labor Day. I have to admit, I wasn't enthusiastic going into the annual "last cookout" that's traditional around our house for Labor Day weekend. But when I saw the forecast for "sunny and a high of 77" my anticipation shot through the roof. And we got what was advertised -- a perfect day for the kids to ride bikes, hit balls and run around the yard. And a perfect day for the adults to kick back in the shade to visit and watch them play. And now, we begin fall with a flurry of activities that makes the summer look extremely slow. Back to school, piano lessons, swim lessons, dance lessons, soccer practice and games, horseback camp, the State Fair, Husker Harvest Days, fall crop field days. Whew!