"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow," said Audrey Hepburn. America has survived world wars, a civil war, strikes, plagues and technological disruption. The Category 5 political storm swirling over Washington, D.C., will subside, too. One of our most endearing virtues is believing that tomorrow can and will be better.

Remind me not to complain about 40s and rain. Some towns in Colorado are digging out from 3 feet of snow, while the East Coast has been sizzling in the 90s with record highs. River flooding in the Mississippi Valley and quarter-mile-wide wedge tornadoes over the Plains states? By comparison, today's foul sky seems almost tolerable.

A storm tracking from Kansas City to St. Cloud will soak much of Minnesota with another inch of rain today. That comes on top of the 2-4 inches that has fallen this week. Lame attempt at a silver lining: no drought this summer.

After a cool start to the week, highs in the 70s are possible by Friday, but I see a puff of free Canadian A/C in time for Memorial Day. Looks like a refreshing start to June.