Wednesday, August 12, 2015

YEP CRAZY HOT

Today is the day we are expected to reach 106 degrees.  It was 104 yesterday.  With our extremely high humidity, the heat index (feels like) temps are now approaching 115-118.  However, we DID get rain yesterday!  Unusual heavy afternoon thunderstorms built up suddenly and dumped an inch in some places. Not sure yet how much we got at the farm (we need a wireless weather station in the worst way, ha) but the radar images showed some over the farm.  

That would be nice, though this morning the humidity is CRAZY after the rain.  Our weather station at the house in town shows 96% humidity.  That means the air is almost saturated with water?!  No wonder we can't get cool.  Sigh. 

This was the yard Saturday at the farm...


No, I didn't mow, this is how it still looks from over a week ago when I last mowed!  There has been no growth at all.


Even the mowing lines from the last time are still visible in the yard.


The ground is starting to crack open as it does without rain in this heat.  Hard to believe that just 2 months ago, we had so much rain, this same patch of ground was where I was standing in my rubber boots while squishing into the mud!

This alert was sent out to Houston residents via email.  The heat tips work great for anyone in hot areas, so I thought it best to share:

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Heat Advisory for Houston and surrounding areas until further notice, as it anticipates higher temperatures to continue throughout the week.  As a result, the City of Houston has activated the Public Health Heat Emergency Guideline, which opens cooling centers throughout the city, this includes libraries and multi-service centers. A map an list of these facilities is available online at houstontx.gov/emergency
In addition, the Houston Health Department recommends the following tips for individuals to stay safe in the heat:
  • Increase water consumption. Drink lots of liquids even before getting thirsty, but avoid those with caffeine, alcohol or large amounts of sugar because these can actually result in the loss of body fluid.
  • Conduct outdoor work or exercise in the early morning or evening when it is cooler. Outdoor workers should drink plenty of water or electrolyte-replacement beverages and take frequent breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned facility. Those unaccustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment need to start slowly and gradually increase heat exposure over several weeks.
  • Wear light-colored, loose fitting clothing that permits the evaporation of perspiration.
  • Do not leave children, senior citizens or pets unattended in a vehicle.
  • A wide-brimmed hat helps prevent sunburn as well as heat-related illness. Sunscreen also protects from the sun’s harmful rays and reduces the risk of sunburn.
  • If the house is not air-conditioned, seek accommodations in air-conditioned facilities during the heat of the day: malls, movie theaters, libraries, multi-service centers, etc.
  • Take frequent cool baths or showers if your house is not air-conditioned
For updates on this situation, visit the City of Houston Emergency Information Site.

And lastly...


We have to laugh to get through it. 
 Humor makes everything a bit more tolerable, right?

17 comments:

donna baker said...

Crazy hot and I hate it. We had a small cold front come through and it is supposed to be 90. Never thought I'd be glad to see 90 degrees. Oh If only I could move to San Diego (Carlsbad up the coast) where it is 70 degrees year round in the day and blue sunny skies.

Anne in the kitchen said...

Feel your pain but not quite the same heat. It has only been in the high 90's here with the insane humidity. We have also been getting the late afternoon thunder showers which only increases the oppressive humidity. Until this morning...and we have had a humidity break!

Texas Rose said...

Haha - love that picture of the melting fan!
Yay, I got some rain also - a half inch! I stood on the porch and just inhaled the sweet scent of rain. The weather pattern is supposed to change in a few days - I sure hope so. My poor fruit trees, grass, roses, hedge, garden, etc. are so thirsty - with my double lot, it’s hard to keep everything watered. Come on, Fall!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

my lawn looks the same way. we will have one cool day and then the heat returns with no rain in sight. it is so dry here it is hard to water. the water just runs off of the parched ground.

Dawn McHugh said...

A comfortable 71F here but for s thats hot, its not the heat so much as the intensity of the sun were I am no shade no breeze just blue sky and sunshine :-)

Sue said...

I couldn't imagine living there. My son is in Mesa, AZ--and when we were "out and about" in June, he wonderred why we didn't pop down. Ha. Haha. Hahahhahahha. No way!
Stay cool!

Elephant's Child said...

Bleah.
And yesterday we had snow mixed in with our very welcome rain. The white stuff didn't stick - but it was pretty.
Stay as cool as you can.

laurie said...

dear Lord that is too hot my oh my!
I can't even imagine,,

1st Man said...

Oh, 90 would be a blessing here too, ha. I hear ya on the cool weather, it's been so long since I've lived someplace that actually had mild and nice summers (since I was a kid) I wouldn't remember it, ha. Hope you get more cooler weather, maybe a freeze at 85, ha.

1st Man said...

That humidity is horrible huh? The heat might be tolerable, to a point anyway, without the humidity. Ugh.

1st Man said...

I thought you might appreciate that. It's pretty much that hot isn't it? Ha. Yay for the rain. Funny you mentioned the smell, just before we got rain here in town, I could smell it coming...you could smell it through the door. It was crazy. I would love that smell in a candle, ha.

Amen, come on FALL!

1st Man said...

I hate seeing plants and the ground suffering. Hopefully we'll all have some rain soon. And it is hard to water such dry ground isn't it.

1st Man said...

Sigh...71....but yes, no shade no breeze and full sun can be pretty intense. Stay in the shade!

1st Man said...

Ha, I hear ya. Sometimes I wonder why myself, LOL! Thanks, stay cool yourself!!

1st Man said...

Bleah is a great way to describe it. SNOW!?!?!?! That's so cool that you are having that while we are the opposite. Our planet is so fascinating.

1st Man said...

It's hard to understand unless you experience it, ha. We'll keep it down here. Unless you want a little? HA!

Lynda said...

I do not do well in the heat...I end up looking like your fan!!! my lawn is dead, tomatoes are cracking (too dry, then too much irrigation), chickens don't want to lay...I'm looking forward to Fall.