It’s been hot as hell around here. It’s been that way since late May/early June before summer officially started. With the exception of a couple of days back in June the temperature’s been stuck at 90 degrees plus. Sometimes the heat index has been 100 degrees. According to the Weather Channel.com it’s gonna be nothing but 90 degrees plus through the weekend including up to 97 degrees on Saturday. That’s why I can’t wait until cooler temps get here in the fall. Fall needs to get here pronto. Yeah I said it. As BlackgirlinMaine stated, not all black folks love heat and humidity 😦
It’s only February, early February at that and I’m already sick of this winter. We’ve had enough snow to last a lifetime around here. It snowed last Saturday. I thought we would only get a dusting or maybe an inch of snow. But it kept snowing and snowing and snowing all day long. So of course I had to clean the snow off my car on Sunday morning and do a little shoveling. At least it was easier to clean the snow off my car and shovel this time than it was with the snow we had the weekend before Christmas 2009.
Well last night we got more snow. Wasn’t as bad as last Saturday but I still had to clean the snow off my car again before going to work. And I still got to work on time. Imagine that, lol 🙂
And you know what? We’re supposed to get a major snowstorm Friday night and Saturday. Oh what fun. Snowbound again. I don’t know how much snow they’re talking about when they say major storm. But I’m not looking forward to it. More snow to clean off my car and probably more shoveling. Oh happy day 😦
The Washington Post has an article today on how folks in the D.C. area are getting sick of all this snow.
By Annie Gowen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, February 3, 2010; B01
February — there is so little to recommend it.
Endless gray skies, gray faces, and gray snowdrifts that never seem to melt entirely. The month has barely started and here it comes — unwelcome to much of the wind-chapped and crabby populace — snow on Tuesday and Wednesday and again this weekend.
Will it ever end?
“I’ve had enough snow to last me a lifetime,” said Keisha Mims, 28, a lawyer from Southeast Washington, slogging home during a recent rush hour. She’s dreaming of her vacation in April to an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica. Until then, she said, “I’m going to sit in the house and eat myself into a coma.”
Lower temperatures than normal and higher-than-average snowfall — including an unusual December snowstorm that dumped 16 inches on the region — have combined to make this winter more severe than most, weather experts said. They expected three to seven inches for Tuesday and Wednesday’s snowfall and even more this weekend, a bane to local jurisdictions where snow removal funds are rapidly being depleted.
Even though past Februarys felt dreary, the past six winters have been relatively mild, with below-average snowfall totals, said Bryan Jackson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling. In the past three years, the tally at Reagan National Airport has been less than 10 inches a year, far below the average of about 15 inches. This year, the total is 24 inches — and counting.
That’s why this year’s unrelenting snow and cold seems to some like, well, an affront.
I especially love the part about sitting in the house and eating yourself into a coma. I try not to do that when I’m stuck in the house during snowstorms but that refrigerator gets awfully damn tempting when you have cabin fever.
The New York Times has an interesting article about folks living without air-conditioning.
The Unchilled Life
By TERI KARUSH ROGERS
TO many Americans, abstaining from air-conditioning is a masochistic folly akin to refusing Novocain or renouncing the dishwasher.
Yet as this particular summer finally heats up, even citizens who believe that climate control is a God-given right may be questioning whether it has become a luxury they can no longer afford. They are probably also wondering how they can survive without it.
Those who’ve done just that like to point out that air-conditioning is a relatively recent boon to humanity: The Allies won World War II without it, and the great pyramids of Egypt were built al fresco. Today, fans of the unchilled life say that it is not only possible to turn back the clock and live as one with summer, but to do it while maintaining a fairly high quality of life.
Lisa Finkelstein, a freelance editor, stopped using the semi-functional air-conditioning and heating unit in her rented cottage in Tallahassee, Fla., two years ago, mostly for economic reasons.
“You live with your windows and doors open, you use fans, drink lots of cold liquids and take it easy,” she said. “You come to realize that winter and summer is going to be kind of a bear but you dress for it, and you enjoy fall and spring very much. What’s interesting is you acclimate to it.”
She said that if she didn’t work from home, the adjustment would probably be harder. “It’s miserable when you come out of a nice air-conditioned place,” Ms. Finkelstein said.
This summer, she probably has more company in the choice she has made. Shipments of window air-conditioners from manufacturers to distributors were down 39 percent in the first half of this year compared with the first half of last year, according to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers in Washington, D.C., and shipments of central air-conditioning units have been down 10 percent a year for the past few years, according to the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute in Arlington, Va.
Those who plunge into a warmer world for economic reasons sometimes find that there are advantages that they hadn’t anticipated.
Genma Holmes, a 42-year-old mother of three in Nashville, and her husband, Roger, declared their suburban ranch house a no-air-conditioning zone last summer as surging gas prices ate into the profits of their pest control business. Their children — now ages 17, 18, and 23 — were not amused, given that average summer temperatures in Nashville are in the high 80s with around 90 percent humidity.
I don’t know how those folks do it. Living in the D.C. area during the hot and humid summers, I can’t live without air-conditioning. If I spend too much time in places that are too warm I get headaches. When it gets too warm at night I have a difficult time getting to sleep. Too much tossing and turning for me so I leave my a.c. on at a comfortable temperature. Don’t let there be a power outtage due to thunderstorms in the summertime and the air-conditioning is out too. I’m one miserable woman. 😦
Before I leave for work I turn the temperature up so the ac won’t come on that often. When it’s hot and humid outside and I’m coming home from work I can’t wait to get home and turn up the air. The heat and humidity is why I can’t stand summertime. Give me spring and fall anytime. I prefer temps in the 60 and 70 range.
I use to work with this guy who loved hot and humid weather. If the temps hit 90 and above he was thrilled. I would look at him like he’s crazy, lol. To him even 70 degrees is too cool for him.
Check out the entire article here.
Is it August or is it April? I need an answer pronto cause it’s been hot as hades around here the past few days. It should not be this hot in April. It’s just too early for a heatwave.
I believe we hit 90 yesterday and high 80’s today. It’s suppose to be high 80’s again tomorrow 😦
I can’t stand hot weather especially when it’s mid 80’s and above with humdity. It’s suppose to be back to normal by the end of the week.
This picture appeared on the front page of the Washington Post on March 3 after we had our biggest snow of the winter season, but of course I forgot to post it here. So here it is. The dog looks somewhat bewildered. I thought it was a cute picture.
It’s just too damn cold outside. According to Channel 4 news it’s 11 degrees. It’s colder outside the Beltway.
I had a feeling with the name Ike, this hurricane would be fierce. Overnight Hurricane Ike left some serious damage in southeast Texas including Galveston and Houston. Southwest Louisiana was also affected by Hurricane Ike. Some folks who decided not to evacuate regretted their decision.
GALVESTON, Texas (CNN) — Rescuers in Galveston, Texas, were going door-to-door Saturday to check on the estimated 20,000 people who failed to flee Hurricane Ike, which has slowed to tropical storm status.
As of Saturday afternoon, the Galveston Fire Department had taken 27 people to a shelter in a high school on the coastal island, which was without electricity or water pressure.
No casualties had been discovered so far in the search and rescue efforts, which have been hampered by heavy flooding and scattered debris.
“We are in a recovery mode,” Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas said in a press conference Saturday afternoon. “This eye came right over us, stayed a while and went on, but it brought a lot of damage to our city.”
Galveston City Manager Steve LeBlanc said the island would be closed while authorities assess damages, including to the causeway, which was in “bad shape” because of debris and road damage.
“The road buckled in a number of places,” LeBlanc said. “Even if we opened it up you couldn’t get through.”
LeBlanc said 17 buildings on the island had been destroyed, including ten homes that caught fire and a boat storage warehouse that was set ablaze as Ike approached.
The other buildings fell because their structures were battered by winds and storm surge, LeBlanc said.
Ike was downgraded Saturday to a tropical storm 11 hours after it crashed ashore as a Texas-sized hurricane that walloped southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana.
Check out the entire article here. I was watching CNN earlier today and they mentioned that over 2 million people were without power in Texas and Louisiana. And of course gas stations are jacking up the gas prices.
The New York Times has a section on the Galveston Storm of 1900. This hurricane occured on September 8, 1900 and caused over 6,000 deaths.
Oh my, look at all that snow.
Columbus, Ohio had a record amount of snow this weekend. More than 20 inches fell in that city. It would take me days to dig my car out of that snow.
TGIF!!!! Finally!! Even though I had a four day work week this week it felt like a seven day work week, lol. Looking forward to a nice four day Labor Day weekend.
The weather has been somewhat pleasant this week. Not as humid as it usually is in August. Hopefully we’re finished with the heat and humidity but something tells me Mr. Humidity will be back in September before cooler weather gets here.
This past weekend was quite thunderous (is that a word?) especially Saturday. As I mentioned earlier, Saturday was extremely hot and humid. Later that evening we had a really bad storm around here. So bad that the Redskins/Ravens game was postponed by an hour. They did play for a while but the thunder and lightning started up again so they stopped the game. I forgot there was a game that night. I usually don’t pay attention to preseason games.
Some folks are still without power after Saturday’s storm.
Thousands were still without power yesterday evening after Saturday thunderstorms that brought a dramatic light show but little rain to mitigate the region’s drought.
Yesterday brought relief, however, from Saturday’s record-tying high temperatures and oppressive humidity.
“We really need a heavy, long, drenching rain to get us out of this drought . . . something torrential, one of these hurricanes coming up the coast. But we have to be careful what we wish for,” said Jackie Hale, spokeswoman for the National Weather Service in Sterling.
Yes the humidity on Saturday was very oppressive, even at ten in the morning.