Our weather today is pleasant, not at all the kind of weather that would inspire the idea of covering a city with a dome. We have wispy clouds, reasonably warm temperatures. It’s August, it’s summer, one of New England’s seasons. Summer is followed by autumn, of course, and then by stick season. When Earth is on the other side of the sun, spring for most, New England experiences mud season. The very trails we walk today here on Mount Mansfield are closed during mud season, from early April until Memorial Day weekend.