So Help Me God, If ANYONE Says It's Not The Heat, It's The Humidity...  

MissAnnThrope 56F
11679 posts
8/3/2006 8:30 am

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So Help Me God, If ANYONE Says It's Not The Heat, It's The Humidity...

Holy mother of God it's been hot. I mean really hot. I mean, Brisbane in January hot. Marrakesh hot. Insanely hot. In other words, abnormally hot.

Right now, at 10 AM, it's already 91, with a heat index of 101. For you metric types, that's 33 with a heat index of 38. It's only going to get worse as the day wears on. I'm betting it's going to be worse than Monday, when we topped out at 100, with a heat index of 116. (That's 38, with a heat index of 46.) Last night was the coolest it's gotten overnight, it went down to 81 in the wee hours of the morning and there was STILL a heat index to go with it! It's actually going to be hotter than today in Marrakesh, where right now it's 3 PMish and only 95!

I don't do well in the heat. Even though I have taken to the air conditioning, I don't do well. I've been sleeping an ungodly amount of time, in shifts. I think I'm getting at least 14 hours sleep a day. While I'm awake, I'm barely functioning. I don't want to do much of anything. I just lay around. Even typing this is draining me. The weather has been unbearable since the weekend. The longer the heat drags on, the less motivated I feel.

As I sit here in the air, whining about the heat, it occurs to me, there are people out there who have to be out there. Beat cops, construction workers, minimum security prisoners cleaning the highways, firemen... I really feel sorry for any firefighter in this heat. It has to be ungodly trying to fight a fire with all that heavy clothing and the heat adding to the misery. Same for the beat cop, who has to wear kelvar under his or her uniform. I would be really cranky if I had to work outdoors in this weather. Oh, who am I kidding? I'd be passed out cold, at least twice a day.

I had to go out this morning, about two hours ago, to get milk and mail some things. As I am still hobbled, (and getting really sick of it, I might add,) I went to the corner for milk. A total of a block and across the street and back. Not only did I feel like I was going to faint by the time I got back, but I was amazed the milk hadn't curdled from the heat. On the way back, I actually thought about standing in front of the local lawn sprinkler and just letting it spray on me for five or ten minutes. Then I realized, by the time I got back in and upstairs, the wet would no longer be cool and I'd feel really gross.

They're predicting storms for tonight. I'm really hoping the power doesn't go out, as it will take a while after the storms pass to cool off the inside of the apartment. To conserve electricity, I've only been running the mammoth unit in the living room when I actually want to go out and watch TV, which has been rare with how much I've been sleeping. Not to mention, it doesn't get as cool out there as in the bedroom. But when I walk out there, the first thing I notice is heat on my feet. The floorboards are hot. Hotter than in winter, when the downstairs neighbors are cranking the heat. (We have radiant heat in this building... From the ceiling. Don't ask, I didn't design it.)

In spite of the "great break" in the heat they're predicting as the storms roll through, which are still in Indiana and Ohio, it's still supposed to top out around 90 tomorrow. That really isn't much of a break, considering it's around that now. That is still damned hot.

But as far as the humidity goes? Today is the first the humidity has been over 50%. It's been a mostly dry heat. Yesterday was something like 39% humidity. So it is the heat that's the problem.

Rain. Just let it rain for a week, with highs in the upper 70s. That would make me happy. But for the moment, I'm going back to sleep.

rm_goddess1946 105F
13518 posts
8/3/2006 11:14 am

i am afraid our earth really is in trouble...and i
feel really sorry for elderly people in places where
they do not have air conditioning and or areas that
the power sources are on really a hard
time for alot of people...

i can't even imagine working outside all day in this heat...
it is insanely at and over the top here too...and i LOVE warm

sending you a cool breath to your heart, Miss Annthrope

Just a little food for thought.............
If you really want to be happy, nobody can stop you...

MissAnnThrope replies on 8/3/2006 3:36 pm:
Thanks, Goddess. The earth is indeed in trouble. But don't you know, global warming doesn't exist? Extreme changes in weather patterns are God's way of telling us he's pissed! At least, according to the Bush administration.

The wind is finally picking up and those storms are getting close. In the last hour, the temperature has dropped from 97 to 88. Finally!

8321 posts
8/3/2006 11:45 am


You would not do well in Phoenix.

It's always over 100 degrees in the summer.....

Sometimes reaches upwards of 115 or so.

I don't mind humidity, so I don't have much sympathy for all the people in the midwest who are complaining.

You don't know heat unless you've lived here.


"My every move is a calculated step, to bring me closer to embrace an early death." -Tupac Shakur

MissAnnThrope replies on 8/3/2006 4:05 pm:
This is one of the reasons I don't live in the desert. I can't handle the heat, I've never been able to. As a child, my migraines were always worse in hot weather. As a baby I was so sensitive, my doctor advised my mother to throw me in the pool at a month old. I still get prickly heat as an adult. Give me 72 F and low humidity and that's perfect.

You really should have sympathy for people in the midwest, as they're not used to this at all. You grew up in the heat. The rest of us didn't.

popmuse01 35F

8/3/2006 12:03 pm

Welcome to it! We just got done with that heat 2 days ago here in Omaha Ne. I think, but not for sure that we topped out our hottest day at 106 with a heat index of like, 114.

Yes it does suck to work in the heat. I'm glad I was inside at work, but still got hot there too with everyone stupidly buying groceries in the heat. We finally got the breather 2 days ago, rain! Yesterday it was like 78 and today only in the 80's. And I get 2 days off hehe

Drink plenty of water!! The heat will die down soon!!

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MissAnnThrope replies on 8/3/2006 4:11 pm:
Take it back! Take it back! TAKE BACK YOUR HEAT!

*sigh* I would kill for a high of 78. But as I said, the big break in the heat for tomorrow is supposed to be all the way down to 90. That isn't much of a break if you ask me.

SensuousWoman3 55F
3106 posts
8/3/2006 12:06 pm

I’ve been sleeping like a big old porch dog, myself. The heat is draining. When I was a kid, the heat and the humidity didn’t bother me a bit. We tore around like as though we might have to go home with the streetlights came on or something. Not anymore, though. This heat makes me sick. It causes me to worry about the elderly who have no air-conditioning, no fans, etc., as well as the homeless.

I am ever so thankful to have been born when I was. With the exception of one apartment with a broken A.C. unit when I was young, I have never really known the horrors of living in a world with absolutely no A.C. How my Mother’s generation managed to sleep, cook, clean, and eat in these conditions without the benefit of air-conditioning, let alone ice, is way beyond me. I would not have been able to hack it. I am a low-maintenance kind of gal, but I NEED

MissAnnThrope replies on 8/3/2006 4:15 pm:
The heat is very draining. As a kid, I was worse with the heat. Constant migraines in summer, from the heat. My tolerance for the heat has risen with the decline of migraines too. But I'm still not happy with anything over 80.

I used to live with no air. Growing up, only my parents' bedroom and my father's den had air. If it was really hot and my sister and I complained, we slept on roll out beds in the den. When those units died, it was years before I had air again. I wish this building had central air.

cuteNEway 41F

8/3/2006 1:05 pm

Woman I don't wanna hear it! You at least get to chill in the A/C.

We don't have A/C in our house. We have 5 fans running at all times. I would get a small A/C unit but we don't pay the electric bill as it is included in the rent.

At work the A/C is broken so the temperature in here is a balmy 85 degrees. With a single pedestal fan pushing the warme air around. Fun huh?

So quit yer whinin' and take yer damn nap

MissAnnThrope replies on 8/3/2006 4:19 pm:
I try not to run it too much, as PSE&G is outrageous with the charges per kilowatt hour. With just a single light, the refrigerator and the computer on, with the TV on occassionally, my bill tends to be over $100 a month. I swear they price gouge.

Is it legal for them not to fix the a/c where you work, especially if there are no windows?

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
2386 posts
8/3/2006 1:20 pm

The temperature hasn't been that much different over here in the south-east of the UK ... at least the 'raw' temperature has been similar though I confess that the concept of a 'heat index' seems to have passed me by. And we have a water restriction in place which means there are no lawn sprinklers or hoses to stand in front of.

Unlike you, though, I've been having trouble sleeping in the heat. I try to tell myself it gives me lots more hours of being awake to get things done in ... as long as that list mainly comprises such activities as sweating, yawning and griping that works out just fine.

The weather here finally broke yesterday and today has been beautifully cool with occasional showers. Such a pleasure to stand in the rain!

You should go out more. After all you did say you'd "be passed out cold, at least twice a day" ... at least you'd be cold!

MissAnnThrope replies on 8/3/2006 4:22 pm:
I heard most of Europe is in drought and about the heatwave. The midwest had to suffer unheard of temperatures here. Washington DC was under an extreme heat advisory for the first time in as long as anyone can remember. But there's no global warming, according to the powers that be here. Then again, they're trying to push all sorts of junk science on us too.

I'm glad to hear the heat broke. I would get out more, but I'm still hobbled with the sprained ankle, which is starting to concern me after four weeks of no real healing. So, it's an excuse to stay in, as I'm in no physical condition to climb the stairs onto the bus.

MissAnnThrope replies on 8/3/2006 4:34 pm:
Oh yeah... The heat index. That's calculated based on heat and humidity. The actual temperature, then what temperature the air feels like, with the humidity factored in.

RevJoseyWales 69M/66F
14393 posts
8/3/2006 3:08 pm

Know what you mean Ann. The heat just sucks the life out of you. I have an hour and a half commute one way, with no AC in the car, so I'm whipped even BEFORE I get to work. Stay in the AC, keep cool and reat up. Joe

"McVeigh had the right idea, wrong address."

"This ain't Dodge City, and you ain't Bill Hickok."

MissAnnThrope replies on 8/3/2006 4:29 pm:
OMG! Get that a/c in the car fixed! I would die.

cactusass 55F

8/3/2006 4:23 pm

i echo every word you say. i hate this damn heat. i hope when i die, i don't end up in hell. i guess i better start being nicer to everyone!

MissAnnThrope replies on 8/3/2006 4:43 pm:
If I go to hell, I'm bucking for the seventh circle. Close enough to the ninth to get the cold wind...

ErikSarcasm77 39M

8/3/2006 7:50 pm

MissAnn, thanks for recognizing the construction workers of America in your latest rant. I've been on the roof, in the sun and triple-digits all week. Monday night I came home and passed out, my skin felt like it was on fire. They bring the horses to Central Park to cool off in the shade! And yeah, the cops and firefighters hafta be out there but we don't! Noone's gonna die if that building doesn't get another floor on it today. And yet, there we are, treated lower than horses, high in the sky closer to the sun than those cops, sweatin our butts off for the almighty dollar. Ok, dollar-fifty. And who recognizes us? Noone. so thank you, MissAnn, for the brief mention...And feel better soon


MissAnnThrope replies on 8/4/2006 7:05 am:
I can't even imagine working outside the way the heat has been. Cops also have to deal with radiant heat from the sidewalk, which yesteday morning was massive.

I'm sure if you asked your boss, he would tell you that the second story had to be built on schedule. Did they even bother with keeping ice on hand for you guys to fall into when the heat got to be too much?

But look at the bright side. It could be worse. You could be a steel worker.

rm_autumngirl61 55F
741 posts
8/3/2006 8:25 pm

It was 103 degree here in Ocean City. I wouldn't cook any hot meal for dinner all week. I have gas range, OMG, lol.

This week, we ordered for some takeouts, or bought some lunch meats with marc or potato salads. Had some grilled chicken sandwich with some pasta salad today. It would work for us.

MissAnnThrope replies on 8/4/2006 7:07 am:
I'm still too hobbled to get to the supermarket, or it would have been cold cuts all week. Instead, it was delivery, or running across the street after dark to the pizzeria.

At least with a gas range, when you cut the burner, the heat is gone, period. I have an electric stove and oven. Which means, added heat as they heat up and cool down.

TheRealThing655 48F
9558 posts
8/3/2006 9:59 pm

That sounds just horrible...I grew up near Boston and remember those heat waves..but this sounds worse than ever.
I have to say I am glad to live in Seattle...this entire week has been sunny and in the 70s, low humidity.
People think it rains here all the time, and we do get our fair share of gray days...but the summers here are dry and beautiful. I feel very lucky to live here in the summer compared to other places.
It's in the upper 50s or low 60s at night...perfect sleeping weather.
Hope it breaks for you soon.

MissAnnThrope replies on 8/4/2006 7:08 am:
The heat has been worse than ever the past few years. At least it hasn't been as bad as in 2001 or 2002, I can't remember which. Temperatures in the 95 to 110 range for a sold month. It was dreadful. I took quite a few ice baths.

OboesHonedIambs 62F

8/3/2006 11:41 pm

I cannot take heat and humidity. They make me feel beyond listless and cranky. I can take the desert weather in NM fine, I could take British weather fine (from my AF days), I could take California's Mojave Desert heat fine. But Big City heat near large bodies of water? Forgeddaboudit! And I'm sorry you're having to suffer it.

Instant Human -- Just Add Coffee

MissAnnThrope replies on 8/4/2006 7:11 am:
Ya know, you just HAD to say it in a round about way, didn't you?

There comes a temperature in my opinion, which is about 90, where it doesn't matter how humid it is or isn't. I'm still going to suffer from the heat.

RevJoseyWales 69M/66F
14393 posts
8/4/2006 7:09 am

The heat never used to bother me. I was born in South Georgia ya know, and this weather is normal there. Dealt with heat all thru my military carreer, NP. But now, it's wearing me out. Probably the main reason for my lack of recent postings. But I've had the 1.5 hr commute since June 1, and will continue till at least Sept 1. Then it'll be a little over an hour each way until Thanksgiving. Finally broke down and got the AC fixed in all of my vehicles this week. Three vehicles, all with broken A/C. Hope you're staying cool. Joe

"McVeigh had the right idea, wrong address."

"This ain't Dodge City, and you ain't Bill Hickok."

MissAnnThrope replies on 8/4/2006 7:12 am:
How did you manage to break the a/c in all three vehicles? Or are you just that talented?

I'm doing my best to stay cool. Which works, as long as I don't have to go outside.

RevJoseyWales 69M/66F
14393 posts
8/4/2006 7:21 am

The Cherokee's didn't work when I bought it, and had to be converted over to the new style coolant. The Probe's gave out last year, and needed the same conversion. Carol's van didn't work when we got it either, and we're in the process of replacing the last possible component in the whole system. When you buy nothing but cheap used vehicles, you're gonna have problems. Most of which I can fix, but AC isn't one of areas I can work on. Thank go0d my mechanic is a close personal friend. Joe

"McVeigh had the right idea, wrong address."

"This ain't Dodge City, and you ain't Bill Hickok."

MissAnnThrope replies on 8/4/2006 3:50 pm:
Remember when it was as easy as going in and asking for a freon charge?

How old are these vehicles that they all had freon systems?

flagg134 36M
1582 posts
8/4/2006 6:52 pm

Hmmm the heat bothers you has little effect upon me I'm so used to it at this point. I'm the crazy guy with no air conditioning and not even a fan running. I think this weather is beautiful. The people are out in skimpier clothes and it has to help the economy a little it encourages spending on water and electricity.


MissAnnThrope replies on 8/5/2006 3:41 am:
And you're wearing long sleeves too, right?

My best friend from high school was like that. She was always cold, except when the temperature got over 90. We'd all be dying and she'd finally be taking off her coat. I used to accuse her of being a lizard.

RevJoseyWales 69M/66F
14393 posts
8/5/2006 9:03 am

The Chberokee is an 87, the Probe a 93. Ford used the old systems until 94, just to get rid of them. Like so many around here, I can't even begin to afford anything newer, and must keep the old things running. I only paid $700 for the Jeep, and bartered for the Probe. That's how the poor get things done. We buy cheap, fix it ourselves, and run it till it can't run anymore.

"McVeigh had the right idea, wrong address."

"This ain't Dodge City, and you ain't Bill Hickok."

MissAnnThrope replies on 8/5/2006 9:07 am:
Heh. I'm in the wrong neighborhood.

How the hell did Ford manage to get away with using old systems at a time when states were saying, no freon systems can be recharged?

RevJoseyWales 69M/66F
14393 posts
8/5/2006 10:01 am

That's why I love it here. We do a hell of a lot of bartering around these parts. I'm only a half assed mechanic, but I have a huge shop, and probably $10K in tools and equipment. People use my shop to fix their cars, and repay by fixing mine. We barter for labor, weed, services, whatever. Similar to the old days, but we don't use livestock. don't know how ford got aways with it, but they did. But then again, with my vehicles you can NEVER be sure where a part came from. We have this habit of making things work, wether they should or not. Joe

"McVeigh had the right idea, wrong address."

"This ain't Dodge City, and you ain't Bill Hickok."

MissAnnThrope replies on 8/6/2006 9:36 am:
Hey, you know, if you have a farmer and a butcher using the garage...

qyxx 59F
3267 posts
8/5/2006 2:40 pm

Heat is heat is heat. I can handle hot weather, but that humidity, where the air is so heavy it weighs you down and you have to struggle to breath, that is what is unbearable to me. There were several heat-related deaths so the heat factor is quite real, especially for the elderly or those with medical problems.


MissAnnThrope replies on 8/6/2006 9:38 am:
There were at least 15 heat related deaths in this area. For the most part, the humidity stayed relatively low. It was going outside and feeling like the heat was searing my lungs that got to me.

RevJoseyWales 69M/66F
14393 posts
8/6/2006 12:04 pm

I do get a fair amount of homegrown produce, and vension make it's appearance every year. We take care of one another down here. That's why I love it here Ann, and would NEVER return to city living. Joe

"McVeigh had the right idea, wrong address."

"This ain't Dodge City, and you ain't Bill Hickok."

MissAnnThrope replies on 8/7/2006 8:11 am:
You know, I was starting to pack until I heard venison. Blech. That stuff even smells like roadkill as it cooks.

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