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These days, given the wildly fluctuating temperatures in the Chicago area, where it can be warm and sunny in late-May but cold and rainy in early June, it's understandable that people can get confused. You don't know what's what -- you don't know how you should dress, you never know if it's safe to put that winter coat away for the season, and you certainly don't know if it's time yet for iced coffee.

Fortunately, though, there is a Web site that can help alleviate some of your confusion (well, at least as far as the iced coffee is concerned -- you'll have to overcome the wardrobe challenges on your own). It's called, surprisingly enough,, and quite simply, the site is nothing more than that question and a spot for you to type in your zip code. Once you click on the question, stated again next to that box, the site somehow, magically, takes into acount all the weather factors it needs to and ... tells you if it's appropriately warm enough for an iced coffee. No more standing and gazing vacantly at your favorite barista when they ask, "would you like that hot or cold?" Just fire up this site on your mobile Internet device and you will know in an instant whether it's iced coffee weather.

I'm sure there are those who will say, "Well, I'm an adult and I'm paying for this coffee drink. I should be able to order an iced coffee or a frappalatta whenever I please, no matter what the temperature is!" Sure you are, and of course you can. You can also wear those cool sunglasses indoors and bring out the grill in winter. I can only wish you'd have a barista like the waitress at the Melrose Restaurant many years ago who, when I asked for a milk shake in January, told me, "Are you kidding? It's 32 (lovely) degrees out!" Sometimes it can be fun to play by the rules.

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