Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Horrible Heat!

by Maggie Sefton



I just returned Monday evening from a three-day writing business trip to Anaheim in Southern California, where it was a lovely early summer temperature of 81 degrees.  I returned to land Monday evening in Denver, Colorado’s airport to temperatures of 102 degrees.  Yep.  We were hotter than Southern Clifornia, even at 5000+ feet of altitude.  Phone calls home to friends in Fort Collins to check on the wildfire’s progress brought more surprises.  Fort Collins had temps of 101 on Saturday and---ready for this? ---103 degrees on Sunday---in the SHADE!  Another friend told me that neighboring Loveland, Colorado recorded 106 degrees in the shade.  Yikes!

What is up with these temperatures?  We’ve broken all sorts of heat records in Colorado during this dreadful  Drought.  We NEVER had temps like that in June before.  Only in July in drought years did we go into triple digits, and then only for a couple of days in Fort Collins.   This totally unreal for us.  The only thing helping is that our usual low humidity levels are even lower---single digits.  If we had to endure high heat AND high humidity. . .well, that would be awful.  I remember how unbearably hot summers in  the humid East and Midwest were, and temps were in the high 90s then. 

No wonder the wildfires are still burning here in Colorado.  In fact, those horrible high temps were responsible along with wind gusts for stirring up that fire dragon on Friday and Saturday in Northern Colorado.  And now, there are even MORE wildfires burning all over Colorado.  Dry tinder igniting.  The photo is my daughter Serena when she was on a research trip in the South Pole, camping on the ice, searching for meteorites.  It makes me cooler to look at all that snow. 

So, everyone. . .tell us how hot YOU are?  What are your temperatures?     

9 comments:

Aryn said...

Dallas, Texas, here. We were hot yesterday and are supposed to be 105 today. But we didn't hit triple digits until this past Sunday, which is actually pretty late for us. I am not complaining one bit, though. Last summer was a record setting summer for us - the hottest summer on record in Texas. Oh yeah and I was pregnant! Gave birth on July 8, 2011. So for me, nothing compares to being a beached whale while the temps set records outside.

I hope things cool down soon for you! I couldn't believe the temps I was seeing on GMA this morning around the country.

Jody said...

Manhattan, KS here. Going to be 105 heat index here today, but it's far worse in western KS where there's a red flag warning because it's already 110 degrees. My cousin said it was 117 degrees at his place yesterday. I really don't like late July/early August temps in June!!! This is looking like a repeat of last summer. So glad my AC is working at home and on the job. At least my hoya on the front screened in porch is happy.

Anonymous said...

We were in the 106F last Weds in Saratoga, CA. Today, in Lake County, CA we are looking at 88F (we got a raincloud last Friday.) Now we are headed back up. Everything is so brown and we are very alerted to 'Fire.' Our AC went out and we must wait in line for repairs. I am sending you cool thoughts and safety blessings. Jeannie

Maggie Sefton said...

Aryn----Oh, my, goodness--you had a much harder time last year, my dear. Pregnant & delivery in that super heat. Whoa! My hat's off to you.

Maggie Sefton said...

Jody----105, 110, 117 degrees-----ye, Gods! Awful! enough, already. These July temps that have been here this year are unreal.

Maggie Sefton said...

Jeannie----Thank you, thank you for sending blessings and good thoughts. We need them.

Jane R said...

!09 on Tuesday in Austin, TX. We broke last year's record by a couple of degrees. Meanwhile, the forecasters keep telling us it isn't as bad as last year. I'm not so sure. High temps and no rain is going to make for a very long summer. Hibernation is the order of the day here.

Amy said...

Abilene Tx here, 106 yesterday 104 today.
Maggie,you are my all time favorite author.Being a knitter,I love knit stories.Have all your books,except newest one.Please keep writing,and stay cool.

Aurian said...

O wow that sounds hot! Holland is still way too cold and too wet for the time of year. And suddenly, today, it is almost 30 degrees celsius, with tomorrow back to 24. Which is hot enough for me. Ofcourse, that kind of heat after so much rain, means it is very humid, which I hate. Luckily, the house has not yet warmed up.