20 July 2022
I felt almost guilty snuggled under a warm blanKet watching the weather reports
this morning. But it was cold in our family room. No matter the
temperature during the day, it usually cools off at night and Walt opens the
windows to let the cool air in, and then shuts them when the weather starts to
heat up during the day.
I remember being in Houston one summer, when it was over 100 every day. I
woke up at 2 a.m. and went outside to cool off...and discovered that it did
not cool down in Houston, but that it was pretty much as hot as it had been
during the day.
Temperatures across the country...and apparently all across the northern
hemisphere, are soaring (how nice to be in Australia, where it is winter).
It doesn't feel that strange here, since this is the time of year where we are
used to temperatures in the 90s and 100s.
This is pretty normal temperature for July and
August. But there was a great discussion on Facebook, which I loved.
The question was: "Just for fun, fill in the blank:
You know it's hot in Sacramento when ...."
These were some of the answers
I'll start! ... you turn on the cold water faucet to wash your hands and almost
Your 'hot' shower is dialed mostly to the cold position.
When you get up at 7 am to do your outdoor chores before it hits 100 at noon.
You know to bring a towel with you so you can put it down on your leather seats.
Allison Denmark Shaw
You start your errands with a cup of iced tea and come home with a cup of hot
tea (same tea).
You no longer see squirrels
James Lee Jobe
You see a squirrel frying his nuts on the sidewalk.
Carol Terracina Hartman
Your kneecaps perspire
You touch the window glass, instead of opening the window, to gauge how
freakishly hot it is outside.
Robyn Slakey Artist
You see EVERYONE wearing shorts. Even people who shouldn't!!
When you hear yourself say out loud, Oh good! It's cooling off! It's only going
to be 102 tomorrow!
This is out today in Texas
It got up to 116.
I see the temperatures around this country and in
Europe and it doesn't seem that bad because we are so used to them, but, for
example, on Tuesday, parts of England hit a temperature above 104 degrees
Fahrenheit -- a first in the U.K.'s recorded history.
It could be easy for Americans to wonder why the
extreme heat has been so disruptive in the U.K.
In short: Because it's not a common occurrence there, the country and its
residents are less equipped to deal with heat, officials and experts say -- even
as climate change means extreme days are more likely in the years to come.
Only about 5% of homes in England have air conditioning and I read somewhere
that the houses are built to retain the heat, because there is so much cold
weather. Temperatures as hot as those recorded Tuesday are typically
expected in the U.K. once every 100 to 300 years, according to the Met Office.
Is it too soon to discuss climate change?