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May 16, 2008

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You realize, of course, that half the reason for this is because it's not supposed to be 95+ degrees in mid-May.

LMAO. I moved here from Texas in 97 and although I have no use for extreme heat, I do still get a kick out of the world-stopping impact that the heat has on Oregonians. As fascinated with weather as Texans can be, I have never seen anything like it is here in Oregon. OMG it's 92! OMG it's snowing! Doesn't seem to matter what the weather is, it's a newsworthy event.

I am native born Oregonian but do have a home in Tucson Arizona also which means I am familiar with heat and how it's dealt with-- they call it air conditioning and in places like Phoenix where the heat rises to 120 in June, people hide out during the day to emerge at night. Some do get heatstroke usually those who don't know how to deal with heat and go out in it during the midday (what's that quote about midday sun and Englismen?). Midday is for napping in a lot of hot climates.

One other thing-- if you have air conditioning in Oregon, I don't, you probably mind it a lot less. Actually I don't mind it either, am enjoying our instant summer and hoping it means we will actually get one which seemed unlikely just a week ago; but I live on a creek and therefore even when it's 100 my nights are cool...

If we are getting climate change, as some think, I will be investigating the cost of changing the heat system out here to heat pump. Oh and that talk about it's a dry heat in the desert, don't believe it. When it gets really hot in the summer, it is also humid and the old swamp coolers don't do much good. Yesterday we had humidity with our heat which definitely made it feel hotter. Ask the sheep about that!

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