Mon, Jul. 2nd, 2012, 08:43 pm
Killer Heat Redux
Okay, not actually redux -- the same damn heat wave from last week and the week before continues unabated. S.E. Michigan has an Excessive Heat Watch until this Friday at midnight.
I've never even heard
of an Excessive Heat Watch.
Wherever you are, stay cool, stay hydrated, stay alive
. No fucking around on this one -- people can and do die from this. And I know a bunch of you are without power. Some of you are at friends' houses, some at hotels, some in your vehicles. Just... stay safe, okay? And if someone can help you, let us know here, and we'll try.This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1535064.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Tue, Jul. 3rd, 2012 01:05 am (UTC)
Sadly I cannot stay inside due to watering a project for my PI.
Though if anyone needs help in the southern Illinois region let me know.
Tue, Jul. 3rd, 2012 11:32 am (UTC)
I remember 3-4 years ago landing in SEATAC and walking outside to 99 degrees and a humidity of LIQUID AIR. It was August, but it was also the worst summer anyone had seen in WA in an age. Keep a good watch out there, please! If you guys have that again, I dont' want anything happening to you guys! <3
Tue, Jul. 3rd, 2012 01:55 am (UTC)
According to NPR this morning the town where I live (Smyrna, TN) was the hottest in the country yesterday. 109F. I got out on Saturday morning and spent a couple of hours fixing a wheelchair ramp for a friend. Just cutting some boards with a circular saw and putting a bunch of screws in wood with a cordless drill about kicked my big fat butt.
But at least I have power and could go home to AC, unlike quite a few people further north. This heat is ridiculous, and if you're not careful and prepared it can kill you.
Tue, Jul. 3rd, 2012 11:32 am (UTC)
...wait, you were hotter than PHEONIX????? Gads, take good care!
Tue, Jul. 3rd, 2012 02:01 am (UTC)
At least I can finally drink the water in my county! There was a water main break right at the water-treatment plant last Friday morning, and they issued a mandatory "boil all water" statement. I only boiled enough water to wash the dishes that can't go in the dishwasher, but that took 45 minutes and heated up the kitchen pretty badly. (Yes, I was able to buy enough bottled water and ice before the store ran out.) They just now lifted the ban, but there are still restrictions on water use - no watering lawns, washing cars, filling swimming pools, etc., and try to take short showers.
But it's been brutally hot for about two weeks - today was a tadge less humid, and it "only" got up to 88. Same old same-old for the entire rest of the week. McMurdo Station isn't hiring :-(
Tue, Jul. 3rd, 2012 02:04 am (UTC)
KCs had a few excessive heat watches already, and we now have one for this entire week.
Tue, Jul. 3rd, 2012 02:30 am (UTC)
Little Rock hit 107 one day last week, and there is a Burn Ban in [as of this AM's news] all but 5 counties in the state.
OTOH, there has been a dry cool front, apparently, because the highs today were only in the upper 90's that I heard.
One of my co-workers heard from his wife that the town they live in has announced a NO LAWN WATERING policy because the lake it draws water from hasn't been significantly rained-on since very early June or maybe even late May.
Tue, Jul. 3rd, 2012 03:16 am (UTC)
Montgomery County, OH (Dayton) had excessive heat watches for a few days now. Thankfully, my power is still on -- probably because my condo complex has underground wiring.
Tue, Jul. 3rd, 2012 04:09 am (UTC)
Yeah, we've been without power since Friday, and the power company is still thinking it could be as late as Friday night before they have the power back on! We are staying in a hotel, for now, and are just not looking forward to going back and having to clean the house. (Freezer, deep freeze, refrig, catbox, floors, ransacked everything where we did a quick packup to come to where there was AC...)
Tue, Jul. 3rd, 2012 04:36 am (UTC)
Phoenix's summer is one excessive heat watch after another. I always wonder when they're going to quit with that.
Stay cool, everyone!
Tue, Jul. 3rd, 2012 05:07 am (UTC)
At the moment, I'm just being grateful that one of our window units still works, even though we've had to abandon half the house to the heat for the duration, and move into the living room. Also being grateful that it is supposed to be down in the mid-70s as a low tonight, so we can run the attic fan.
Tue, Jul. 3rd, 2012 08:45 am (UTC)
Two weeks of this so far, ranging from 102 to 107 here in Wichita, and my husband up in Salina with work dealing with up to 110 while working out in the sun. I have been worried every day that I will get a call that he got taken to the hospital with heat stroke. We are neither one as young and fit as we used to be.
Tue, Jul. 3rd, 2012 09:55 am (UTC)
I'm one of the lucky ones: Still have power, and I've had it the whole time. About half of my building (or more, I'm not sure) and at least one of the other buildings in the complex had no power Saturday morning when I left for the weekend. I had a lovely day at the theme park, and then I raced a frelling tornado
to Greg's house.
When I got home, I saw there are a bunch of smaller trees and branches that had come down in the parking lot, but most of them fell into empty spots. The one that did fall on a car was small and very leafy, so hopefully, there's not too much damage.
If anyone needs it, I've got air-conditioned crash-space with free wifi and a functioning shower.
Tue, Jul. 3rd, 2012 10:49 am (UTC)
It has been hot here--but I generally have trouble telling excessive heat from standard-issue Tennessee summer. I am *so* grateful to live in the cool(er) dry(er) east side of the state I can't begin to express it, but it's still a lot of heat stress for a Pacific Northwest native.
It's going to drop into the low 90s for the next few days which will be a nice change. Also it looks like the dry streak might break which will be nice. I don't mind the lawn dying; it always comes back when it rains. But if the *trees* die I'm pretty sure they won't come back. And planting them is hard work.
If anyone in the area (east Tennessee, though I wouldn't turn away someone who was so desperate as to come farther) needs AC, I have a guest room and would be happy to put someone up for a few days. Next week I will need it back as I have family coming.
Tue, Jul. 3rd, 2012 12:18 pm (UTC)
Power came back about 4:30 am. Had to go to a hotel room last night due to the heat. Things are cooling off now. Gotta go to work. Cats are fine. More later.
Tue, Jul. 3rd, 2012 01:59 pm (UTC)
It was tough trying to cope with the heat. I went out to dinner then a long-ish drive just to stay in a car with AC. Went along one of the more damaged areas in Wheaton. One house had TWO trees in its front yard blown over onto the buildings. But they seemed to be cleaning up. When I got home I spent a few hours being bored and trying to rest and keep cool with no real success. In bed the heat felt oppressive even with the windo open and after a cold shower. It was when I felt sick is when I decided to go to a hotel. I tossed some clothes in a bag and went to the closest hotel I knew would be open and had power. For DucKon goers, it's the Mariott formerly the Holiday Inn we were at 3 years ago. I got a room on the top floor and was in bed before 11. Didn't sleep too well. Was trying to get my internal temperature down and someone was playing music nearby (one of those "can't make it out but you know it's there" things). I can't recommend this hotel for a convention. There is not enough soundproofing, especially from the hallway.
Crawled out of bed about 6 for another shower and went home and discovered the power was back on! Just enough time to check things out before going to work. At least by the time I get home everything should be about normal and I can enjoy the holiday.
I hope the situation for everyone else improves just as much if not more.
Tue, Jul. 3rd, 2012 01:39 pm (UTC)
Central Illinois - same story, different state. Sean's working construction this summer, so I worry about him staying hydrated and cool. I've had to give up on the flower beds, trying to keep the veggie garden alive now. Lily spends as much time as she's allowed in the pool at the Y, so she's hydrated, cool, and happy.
Tue, Jul. 3rd, 2012 02:30 pm (UTC)
Memphis is pretty warm. I'm sitting in front of a fan and drinking water. As the day heats up, I will retreat to our one air conditioned room. I work evenings and nights, and am not doing the massive manual labor this summer.
I check in on my folks. If Dad's too hot to play golf, I know he's wiped. Mom has a basement apartment and the coolest room in my sister's house, so she's good.
Tue, Jul. 3rd, 2012 03:07 pm (UTC)
It's not as hot in West Michigan, but it IS very warm, in the low 90s every day, and possibly 96 or 97 the next couple of days. Saturday is supposed to be 90, and it's going to go down into the 80s after that.
I keep the air conditioner on, even when my mom complains she's cold. That's just her -- we just have a window AC, and it never goes below 78 - 80. My parents are both in their mid-80s and have health problems, so I have to keep them cool.
We had a short thunderstorm come through this morning, which isn't going to break the heat, but the grass will like it.
Tue, Jul. 3rd, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
Good luck with your parents. My mother has problems with stairs so I don't think she'd be able to go to the basement. But their AC is in good shape. Fortunately their portable heating unit (cat) isn't much for being held for long periods.
Tue, Jul. 3rd, 2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
The heat can be sneaky. Be careful. Be safe. Sports drinks are good. Pickles work the same as sports drinks and balance people's electrolytes. (You can choose the pickle of your choice.)
Tue, Jul. 3rd, 2012 10:10 pm (UTC)
Situations like this make me sooo glad my parents got a (window mounted) air conditioner. They would be in unhealthy conditions now, otherwise.
Here in New Mexico we're back down in the 90s but with extreme fire hazard. I'm crossing my fingers we make it through fourth of july festivities with no significant fires.
Wed, Jul. 4th, 2012 11:38 pm (UTC)
Bleh. The power issues here in the DMV area blew out our AC compressor & with the backlog & holiday it'll be next week before it's fixed. It's 90 in the house. We're sleeping in the basement and struggling to keep the animals cool.