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3:46 am on Jul 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have lived in Arizona all my life, but come on, this heat will be the end of me. I has been so bad that I almost bought 5 acres at 7700' in Colorado on Sunday. My electric bill is slowly creeping up to the mid 3 digits and I can't even swim the pool it too hot.
For everyone who has never experienced this, there is nothing like burning yourself on your gearshift at 7am.
Then again, I would not trade this for shoveling snow.
4:14 am on July 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Well you can save money by grilling outside on the bbq - as you wont have to light the gas - to cook stuff.
4:35 am on July 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have lived in Arizona all my life, ...Then again, I would not trade this for shoveling snow.

So you haven't actually shoveled snow, or at least not very much :) West Virginia is real nice this time of year. So is Idaho and eastern Washington. For those of us in the Pacific Northwest snow was a rare event this last winter. Today was hot, into the upper 80's.

I guess I'm pretty lucky that I can just pick a spot and live there. In your situation I would be packing up and moving.

4:42 am on July 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I shoveld snow once. it really was not fun.
If business goes as planned it will be as follows.

Winter (October-April/May) Arizona
Summer (May-September) Somewhere nice and cool and NOT humid.

Dang, I should have bought that 5 acres.

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Time to climb the hill up to Prescott or Flagstaff
5:32 am on July 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Flag would be great, the perfect place for my family and I.
I can't afford that right now.
Well, I did just find a tiny home on 40 acres for a mere 95K.
Looks more like a shack.
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For those of us in the Pacific Northwest snow was a rare event this last winter.

Snow has been a rare event for the past few years in Eastern Washington. I remember a lot of snow back in '91 or '92, and a few heavy snowfalls since then, but not much.

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Today was hot, into the upper 80's.

Haha . . . .107° at 5PM yesterday in Southern Oregon. :-D

Last summer my daughter reported 130°'s with spikes into 140°'s from Iraq, and that's wearing full flak jackets and BDU's. So I don't complain much with 107.

4:43 pm on July 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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94 in CANADA yesterday. A ton of BS if you ask me.
5:12 pm on July 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Supposed to be 103 here in Kansas this Friday. Wonder what it will be with the heat index?!

Yuck. Colorado here I come!

5:20 pm on July 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Yup! I think Mother Earth is sending us a clear message, but who is listening?
6:21 pm on July 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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>>sending a message

No doubt, of which, we'll be sure to misinterpret, politicize and monetize. Just like we did with the Ice Age scare in the 70s.

It's been hot and humid here. Steambath humid. Hurricane rains were sparse and did little to alleviate the heat. Grass is growing wonderfully well. Sun, followed by shade and a sprinkle, repeat. A short walk to the chicken coop is a requirement for a shower upon return.

I hear thunder...again.

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<rant>
Actually the facts are clear, the earth is heating up, it is the cause that people are squabbling over. But it is unlikely that you would notice the .1 degree change over 100 years. Remember, we are still coming out of an ice age.
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But back to the topic, it may sound counterintuitive, but go south. Tucson flirts with 100 degrees often but rarely exceeds it. Plus you have Mt Lemmon [skitown.com], the southernmost ski "resort" in the US. No snow this time of year but it is an easy 45 minutes up the hill to cooler temps when you need to escape. That is where I will live once I am not tied to a paticular location.

12:26 am on July 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Had to clean a bunch of posts that were not in the spirit of WebmasterWorld. Lets keep politics and personal agendas out of foo, ok?
12:32 am on July 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Seriously, can you try and cook your breakfast on the sidewalk and take pictures of it? Would love to see if it was really possible! :)
1:35 am on July 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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There's an old pic of Patton frying an egg on a tank. What the pic didn't show was the propane torch beneath the metal of the tank. Oddly enough, there are a few video clips of people trying to cook eggs on sidewalks. No joy.
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I was in Arizona when the temp hit 122 degrees; June 26, 1990. The date adds up to 122 as well. 90+26+6(june)= 122. I still prefer dry heat to humidity, though
2:11 am on July 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Last I checked it was a "Feels Like" 101F today in Boston.
6:17 am on July 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I will do it and take pics. Give me a few days.
FYI, I feel really untechnical coz this is the longest thread I have ever started.
6:27 am on July 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I will do it and take pics. Give me a few days.

You could be overlooking a golden opportunity to focus all of that solar energy into a creatively simple solar oven. A square of tempered glass and a box lined with tin foil will see you eating fresh baked bread/toast with your eggs. Apparently pancakes are out [saskschools.ca].

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I live in south georgia and this is the hottest summer I can remember. In the upper 90's which is normal for this time of year, but the humidity is so high this summer you can't breathe. Go outside and do nothing and immediately get soaked in sweat.

I'm in the middle of building a house and decided to quit until fall. This is killer weather. Something strange is going on with the global climate. Hurricanes in June are unheard of...I'm wondering if the earthquake in Indonesa tilted the earth's axis or something.

11:10 am on July 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I live in south Georgia (USA :)) too and it's definitely NOT the hottest summer I remember. Maybe I'm a little older than you. ;)

BTW, Hurrican Season [science.howstuffworks.com] begins June 1.

6:11 pm on July 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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lawman,

Yes...i know it begins june 1st, but what i mean't to say is "hurricanes" are usually tropical storms in June and July. You would have to agree that we have had a few more catagory 3 and 4's than normal.

Glad to meet a fellow south georgian in here. I'm 45...there was some very hot summers back in the early 90's, but in the mist of a drought...and not so unbearable. Not sure where in south ga you are, near the big swamp here...very low altitude and very high humidity.

Then again...I think everybody down here complains every summer that it is the hottest they can remember. Maybe cronic exposure to heat and humidity is frying our brains and memory.

10:57 pm on July 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It was 117F here yesterday. It only felt like 113 though. I dread the thunderstorms coming in and cooling us down in the next couple of days - that means Xanax for the German Shepherd and general household upheaval for everyone else.
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>>Xanax for the German Shepherd

I've got a mutt with a similar problem. As soon as it starts raining she starts panting, at the first rumble of thunder she turns into a trembling mess and insists on being as close as possible to her humans. She was outside running aorund one day and I took a quick trip to store and a small thundershower popped up. She literally chewed through two screens trying to get in to the house. SHe also managed to chew up the wooden door trim around all three entrances to the house.

She gets valium now. She's the only dog I own that has an issue. She does make a good barometer. I can tell when a storm or shower is coming long before it arrives.

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dg <<She gets valium now. She's the only dog I own that has an issue. She does make a good barometer. I can tell when a storm or shower is coming long before it arrives. >>

We started with Acepromazine. Made her stupid & dopey for a whole day and did nothing to calm her. We then moved on to Valium, which didn't calm her, but helped her hold her bladder. We were having problems with her getting so scared, being afraid to go outside, and then peeing on the floor. A GSD bladder is very very large. Blech. So, then we moved on to Xanax (our vet is great about helping us try to find something that works), which has worked the best so far. She requires a mega dose that would knock out a human of her weight, but it's helped. It isn't perfect - perfect would be just having her sleep, but it takes the edge off. Also, Comfort Zone pheromone plug-ins helped too, in combination. Comfort Zone actually cured our terrier mix's separation anxiety overnight. After the bottle ran out, I didn't replace it and she's stayed cure. So very very impressive. If they were a public company, I'd buy as much stock as I could.

When I was a kid, our GSD was so afraid of fireworks that he chewed through a really thick wooden gate to escape from the yard. It was awful. Our dog is afraid of fireworks too and it was like a war zone around our house for all of 4th of July weekend...and the 4th. We were trapped at home because of illegal fireworks.

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My dog gets really excited and runs around the house when she hears fircrackers. She thinks we are going hunting.
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>>We were trapped at home because of illegal fireworks.

Fireworks are legal here, Molly the mutt spent the day in the house, drugged with valium and listening to Bach and Beethoven. ;) Molly runs and hides when I grab a firearm, Maggie and Fred go stand by the door. I've got so many dogs that pack behavior is quite evident. Molly grooms the alpha female, while the alpha male literally does nothing, at all, ever. Maggie is the alpha female, Molly the beta peacekeeper, so occasionally Molly goes after Mags, which means a fight because Mags doesn't back down from anything, even momma racoon with babies.

People visit and eye the Grand Pyrenees warily, but it is Mags they need to watch out for.

Anyone need a donkey or a chicken? I have a surplus. The dogs, I'll keep. ;)

 

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