August 27, 2011

…that was th high temperature in Phoenix today, the highest temp ever recorded for the month of August. I don’t think it got hot enough to affect flights in or out of Sky Harbor Airport (they close the airport down when the temps come close to 120 because of the weight of the airplanes on the soft tarmac), but it was blazing mutha-freakin’ hot nonetheless. And, to top it all off, the west side of the Valley got quite a dust storm. Here in Gilbert we only got as high as 115 with a bit of blowing dust under a shimmering gray-brown-silver sky, and our low tonight is only going down to 92.

This has been quite a stretch of heat, and our excessive heat warnings have been continued through Monday, making it a while week under these warnings. Pretty remarkable, when you think about it. This should be a great time of year for late-night swims: by this time the pool is usually down to the high ’80s and the nights are in the low ’80s, making for some lovely, luxurious swims, but not this year. The pool has jumped to 93, and when it’s 102 at 11 PM and the water is 92 like it was last night you feel like you’re just making yourself wet for no good reason.

Everyone has their tipping point when it comes to the heat. After all, we’ve been in and around the 100s for four months now, and with the humidity around for the last month or so you just get tired of it all. Mine came last night at 11 PM when I brought the trash out and I was sweating before I even came back into the house. Not even the occasional flash of distant lightning to the southeast was enough to make me want to sit outside with my nitecap in that – it was just too much.

Still, we’re only six weeks at most away from Arizona winter, and one of those weeks will be spent up in Massachusetts, so I can handle it. And, we don’t get hurricanes or earthquakes or snowstorms out here either.

Regarding Hurricane Irene: sure it’s kind of hit its max in terms of wind and strength, but I have a feeling the water and wind damage from this storm with its path over the heavily-populated Eastern seaboard is going to make for a very destructive storm event. The sheer amount of water being pushed by a storm this large is going to cause immense damage along the shores of North Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, and New Jersey. And who know what kind of water damage Long Island and Manhattan will see? Ought to make for good TV viewing inside this weekend.

Because I’m sure not going outside, I’ll tell you that.

A song for this weekend. One of Neil’s best. Enjoy!

Filed in: Uncategorized by The Great White Shank at 00:50 | Comments (3)
  1. Well, you and Tracey just get yourselves here to my house…windows are open, jasmine is blooming, fabulous weather for nighttime grilling…cooked some big ass steaks last night, had the candles all aglow, made Mojitos with your wonderful limes, which arrived yesterday (sent you a text, did you get the text? Do you text????)You are now my “official lime dealer”. They are amazing and wonderful. Got plenty to share as well. Going to dinner at a friend’s this evening and will take some. There is no sense in staying in AZ right now when you can come see me, and experience Nirvana-like weather.

    Comment by Jana — August 27, 2011 @ 6:42 am

  2. Glad you liked the limes! And you’re right, they are fantastic. Way better than store-bought.

    No, I don’t text, I don’t twitter or tweet or whatever the hell you call it, either. I’ll never have a facebook account, and if it weren’t for all the possible work leads I get via LinkedIn I wouldn’t use that either. I’ve decided in my own way that I don’t need to be connected all the time and, in fact, am trying to figure out even more ways to be less connected. The Desert Fathers had it right in solitude being the way to God. There’s only so much solitude I’m allowed to have in my present situation, but I’m doing my best to make the use of what little I have. 🙂

    Comment by The Great White Shank — August 27, 2011 @ 10:01 am

  3. well I did send a text due to the time difference…so now that I know you don’t text, I won’t text you. The limes are amazing…Love, Love, Love them.

    Comment by Jana — August 27, 2011 @ 7:55 pm

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