Saturday, June 23, 2012

Weather and Wandering

I don't know about in your part of the world but when Summer arrived this past Wednesday, it brought with it a rather nasty heat wave filled with all the things I dislike the most about New England summers - haze, heat, and humidity.  Ugh!  Thankfully it only lasted three days - just long enough to be recorded as a heat wave in the annals of meteorology! - before some pretty severe thunderstorms blew through the region on Friday evening and cleared things out.

Even though some pretty impressive dark clouds rolled into town, we didn't get much to speak of here in Norwich but rumor has it that a lot of other parts of the state saw hail, lightning, and lots of thunder.  I was a little disappointed that we didn't get the big storm as I do enjoy a nice thunderstorm but as we all know, there's certainly no controlling Mother Nature!

The weather didn't really bother me too much as I spent the majority of the heat wave working but it certainly increased the number of 911 calls that we got - to no one's surprise at all.  I oftentimes wonder how we all managed to survive before the advent of air-conditioning and things like "cooling centers" that are quick to open when the temperatures reach a certain level.

I've got an air-conditioner in my bedroom as well as one in the living room along with several fans spread throughout the house so it doesn't get too uncomfortable at all in the house but I remember one summer long ago, when I was about 14 years old, when we lived in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in government housing on Pease Air Force Base where there was certainly no air-conditioning and we kids didn't even have the luxury of a fan in our rooms.  It was about as oppressive as it gets with nary a breeze to stir the air so, in what was probably total desperation, I got out of bed, went into the bathroom, filled the sink full of cold water, and stuck my head in the sink in an effort to cool down some! I guess even back then I was blessed with a little bit of my ancestors' Yankee ingenuity!

Anyway, all weather aside - and I'm sure we'll have at least another heat wave or two before the summer is over - I wanted to mention that there's a new post up at Travels With Nathaniel  that you might find interesting even if you aren't going to be doing any traveling here on the East Coast. If you've got a moment, stop by Be Adventurous and Explore Provincetown at the Tip of Cape Cod Just Like the Pilgrims Did in 1620 ... Just Don't Take a Slow, Leaky Boat to Get There! and you might just learn a bit of America's history that you didn't know before - honest!


  1. I have said it may times and I said it as recently as last night to my sister Janice, I just don't want to live without air conditioning. Ever. I'd give up a good many things ahead of air conditioning. srsly.

  2. We are trying not to crank up the a/c yet. We are running fans all over the house, but I know it's gonna get to baking around here all too soon and we won't be able to avoid the higher electric bill. Sigh. We don't really like to sweat!

    Big hugs, honey...

  3. Whatever weather I have, you get a day or two later :) It was in the 90's and humid here those 3 days. Blah... It's better now!
    I've never had an AC until like 8 years ago. I love it!
    Enjoy your Sunday, Linda!

  4. Anonymous10:39 AM EDT

    I was expecting a nasty storm...but we only got a little rain. But it cooled down tremendously.

  5. We're supposed to be 100 degrees this week. We've got a window air-conditioner in the bedroom, and that's it. It's already been in the 90s several days, but 100 is gonna be H.O.T.!

  6. Either my heater or my air conditioner is running all year long. It may not cycle, but will if the temperature reaches a certain level. I'm too old to be uncomfortable. For the past few days the high in the central valley is in the upper 70s. Just plain unheard of in June.

    Have a terrific day. :)

  7. Our weather has been much like yours recently - heat, rain, heat rain, etc etc.

  8. We're not getting much heat, but we did have a monsoon on Saturday. Usually we get that kind of torrential rain in short spurts, but this time it went on nearly all day before it finally cleared out.

  9. That looks grim..get your brollies out!

  10. Last week's heat and humidity was horrid. Today's clouds and rain were not nice either! Now I feel chilly.

  11. Oh, how I remember those hot nights in a second floor bedroom with no fan or a/c. I think we survived without the a/c because it wasn't so prevalent way back then... our bodies dealt better with the heat and humidity. Now that a/c is everywhere (I'm not complaining, mind you) our bodies INSIST that is what they want. We adapt to our surroundings.

    At least out here, we don't have to deal with high humidity. And this past week, temps have been in the 70's. HOWEVER, tomorrow = back to the upper 80's and then into the 90's again.


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