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It’s HOT!

Last year we didn’t have a single day of 100° [38° C] temperatures. We barely had a heat index [how it feels based on temperature and humidity] that high. Well, we are making up for it.

We have had Heat Advisories [heat index over 100° (38° C)] for over a week, and now we have had Excessive Heat Warnings [heat index over 110° (43° C)] for a couple of days. This is something that happens in August, not June.

This isn’t the dry heat of the desert, this is the soggy, humid, swimming-in-your-own-sweat heat of the South. The skies are hazy with the humidity, so you just know there will be second degree burns on the beach, and the Gulf will feel like warm spit, rather than refreshing.

I feel like hooking up a sprinkler for my front yard and sleeping under the spray because the ground water stays at 70° [21° C], while the tap water which is pumped into towers to supply pressure comes out lukewarm.

There are thunderstorms predicted for later in the week. I hope they show up.


1 hipparchia { 06.23.09 at 2:17 am }

a couple of years or so ago we had some 99 degree days in may [may!] although i think this depends on whose records you believe, but the humidity was low. didn’t make the plants very happy, but the heat was tolerable, at least for someone originally from south texas. 🙂

this spell has been brutal [even *i* finally turned on the a/c], though the time leading up to it was on the cool side.
.-= ´s last blog .. =-.

2 Bryan { 06.23.09 at 10:31 am }

Your memory’s right, it was 2007 that we had high 90s early on, at least according to the daily record at Weather Underground, but we aren’t even getting relief at night.

A short walk to fill water and food dishes outside and you’re wringing wet. Going to the mail box is an excursion. I almost feel like carrying a canteen and salt tablets like basic training in San Antonio.

3 LadyMin { 06.25.09 at 1:03 pm }

Hot here too. Did you send some of it up to Chicago?

It’s been in the 90s three days in a row with high humidity. And ruining my lettuce crop I might add. Lettuce hates heat. Until this week, days were averaging 20 degrees below normal, now we are 20 degrees above normal.

4 Bryan { 06.25.09 at 4:32 pm }

It is probably part of the same system, which is a huge area of high pressure. I don’t doubt in the slightest that it is Gulf moisture you are wading through.

Yes, we don’t even bother to attempt lettuce down here – it can’t survive.