Everything seems to be coming earlier these days, from strange weather to bizarre human behavior often associated with the hot, hazy days of midsummer.

The official start of the hurricane season is still two days away but ever since we experienced that strange October snowstorm last year, our seasonal weather patterns seem out of whack. Already this month we've seen two tropical storms form over the Atlantic, including Beryl which affected Memorial Day weekend plans for many in the southeastern United States.

Forecasters are predicting a normal number of tropical storms between 9 and 15 for the Atlantic hurricane season but from what we've seen so far, the best word to describe the weather is unpredictable.

That word may also be used to describe the kind of bizarre behavior we've been seeing here and across the country in recent days. Just yesterday, two men from Schuylkill County were charged with gagging and tying an Orwigsburg man to a tree on Monday and leaving him there for 20 hours.

He died in the hot, humid weather.

In Carbon County about two months ago, residents in the Union Hill area of Franklin Township were upset and angry by random acts of shooting vandalism that targeted the windshields of vehicles. There were also reports of vandals shooting at moving cars on Route 248 by persons using a pellet gun from the vicinity of Union Hill.

High school students are often the authors of senseless pranks to end of the school year. Police in Tampa, Fla. said people in recent weeks had been complaining of people in vehicles throwing cups full of soda and aluminum cans and eggs at passers-by.

On Sunday night, a group of teens riding in an SUV went too far and their senseless act caused a very serious injury. After purchasing dozens of eggs they went on a joyride. One egg tossed from their vehicle hit 17-year-old Noah Grant while he was jogging with his twin brother and other members of his high school cross-country team.

Grant's orbital bone was fractured and his pupil cut from the impact of the egg. There was a fear he could lose the eye.

Three teens inside the SUV were arrested on third-degree felony battery charges.

With graduating seniors bidding adieu to their high school experience, they must be mindful that a lapse in judgment of just a few seconds can leave mental and physical scars that can last a lifetime.

By Jim Zbick

jzbick@tnonline.com