Posts Tagged ‘misery’

How hot do you feel?

June 21, 2008

We have all heard the sayings “But it’s a dry heat” and “It’s not the heat; it’s the humidity.” Both are true to an extent.

In an arid desert, sweat evaporates as quickly as it emerges, allowing the body’s cooling mechanism to work very well. But a temperature of 120 degrees is just plain hot, no matter how dry it may be.

For most of us, humidity is a major factor of discomfort in hot weather. The higher the humidity, the hotter it feels for a given temperature because sweat cannot carry away the heat so easily. This map shows the current heat index or felt temperature at various locations in the country. The effect is not only physiological; humid air contains more heat and is harder to cool, making electriciy bills higher in humid regions.

Summer has just officially begun, but the Metroplex has already endured over a month of temperatures 90 degrees or higher with over three weeks at 95 degrees or higher and usually accompanied by elevated humidity. We probably have about three more months of this…


Things which peeve me Thursday – “Very warm”

June 5, 2008

Why do some television news meteorologists insist on calling the weather “very warm?” We have been having daytime highs in the 90s for a couple of weeks. Are they saving “hot” for hundred degree days? Why not call the 90s hot and the 100s very hot?

Spring is over

May 20, 2008

Even though we still have a month left on the calendar until the official end, spring is essentially over here in the Metroplex and the entire American Southwest. We now enter the five months of hell we call summer.

DF/W Airport reached a record high temperature of 99 degrees yesterday. Because the dewpoint was relatively low, it did not feel as bad as the thermometer would suggest. Soon, the dewpoint will hover around 70 degrees and the feeling can best be described as “stinky hot” as a local talk radio host likes to call it.