SOS: Please send rain!

Today we are supposed to break the record temp for this date. We will get to 117!!! It's miserable out there. I forget in the spring that when it gets this hot that I no longer want to care for my plants. Just water and get back in the house! roz az usa
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snipped-for-privacy@nospamcox.net wrote:

Damn, and I thought it was hot here in Albuquerque @ 104, 1 below the record high for this date.
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wrote:

Yeah, but what was the humidity? 15%? And wasn't it at least 30 degrees cooler at night? (I grew up in Albuq.) Doesn't perspiration evaporate and cool you, instead of remaining on the skin like an oil slick? Isn't it cooler in the shade? Oh, you lucky "dry heat" folk.
Apropos rain, Norfolk (VA) airport reported a record (for the date) rain of 3.34" yesterday with much street flooding. Local news even mentioned "flash flood," about which they apparently know little. This rain uncharacteristically was accompanied by cooler temperatures. Perhaps because it was long and sustained. Imagine my NM shock the first time I stepped outdoors after a shower here on a steamy July afternoon, and discovered that the air was no cooler -- only *wetter* and more uncomfortable than before.
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Frogleg wrote:

Humidity was closer to 10% (drier than a popcorn fart) and cooler at night for sure. It was still 89 @ 10:30 last night. Perspiration turns to a sticky mess after awhile. Being retired and working at a golf course I can verify that! In general though, you're correct. The rains threaten daily but it never does, it gets ungodly humid for an hour or so, the clouds go away and your clothes stick to your body from the oils. As long as I water the garden daily the heat doesn't seem to affect it too much.
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I hear ya! Though I'm in Canada, it has only rained 3 times during the last eight weeks in my neck of the woods. Neither mother nature nor mankind has been on my side this year (see: "No water, no shade, no hope?" thread for the scintilating details). It is really hard to remember from March to May how you felt from July through August. Probably the same gene that allows women to forget the pain of childbirth. :-)
jcm Toronto, Canada Canadian zone 6, U.S. zone is apparently 4b
Thanks to global warming it's bloody hot here!
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On Tue, 15 Jul 2003 02:05:36 -0700, Joanne

Here in northern Pennsylvania, after terrible monsoons all spring - way, way, way too much rain and not enough sunshine - now we've had no measurable rain for about a month. We're watering a lot.
The weather hasn't been terribly hot though. Except for a few very hot days, it's been running around 80-85 (normal for July).
Pat
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Officially 30 degrees or 86 here in Wisbech, cambs, england.
I know it`s not as hot as over there but we are not used to such weather and we dont have it as a dry heat so it gets pretty unbearable.
Supposed storms for tomorrow but I doubt that somehow.
Here`s hoping a bit of rain for everyone.
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To add insult to injury it was 97d egrees at 0530 this a.m. Dont' know the humidity numbers, but the air is thick and oppressive in addition to being hot. They say the "monsoon" is here already. Used to be, when I was a kid here, we had big thunderstorms in the evenings in monsoon time. Now, with the huge city in a valley, and the heat hanging over the city, the clouds don't get into the city and the rain falls far out on the desert. Can't remember what this is called, but it is a result of the city being too damned big. Someone please send me a winning lottery ticket, I want to move to the mountains. Roz az usa
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Wow! Are you in Phoenix? I thought *all* desert areas were quick hot/quick cool. Guess altitude (and city-ness) must make a lot of difference. That's brutal. The dewpoint (which I regard as a prime indicator of discomfort) isn't too bad, but it's sure not 'go out and play tennis' weather. You have my sympathy. :-)
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I don't think that Phoenix is really desert any more. Too many people moved in and planted grass and trees to make them feel like they were still in other parts of the country. If everyone is watering lawns it tends to up the humidity.
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