Brace for Record Heat as El Nino Approaches

From 1979 to 2003, more than 8,000 people died from exposure to excessive heat in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More people died from heat during that period than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined.

People who are in good shape deal better with the heat, because they sweat sooner and more and they have better blood flow to the skin. But even if you’re healthy and fit, exercising in the heat can push you over the edge.

Experts recommend drinking plenty of fluids and exercising indoors on the hottest days. Hit the trails or pound the pavement at the coolest time of day, usually in the early morning. And watch for your area’s heat index, which combines temperatures with humidity levels to give a more accurate idea of how your body will respond to the day’s conditions.

http://news.discovery.com/human/health/heat-wave-dangerous-120705.htm

Phoenix Heat Warning - a brutal July (2014)

Thursday afternoon brought record-breaking heat to the Valley twice, topping out at 116 degrees after already breaking the record with 115 degrees according to the National Weather Service in Phoenix.

The previous record of 114 degrees was set in 2006, officials said.

The record was broken the first time at 1:28 p.m., but the temperature quickly dropped to 112 degrees by about 1:45 p.m., National Weather Service officials said.

But by 2:15 p.m. the new record was broken when temperatures hit 116 degrees.

JULY 23, 2014 - Today’s high was 113 degrees.
It is still in the high 90’s and it is 10:00 p.m.
A friend and co-worker posted this on her Facebook page and today I felt it. We are also in for a heat-warning tomorrow.
The breeze, when it did stir, didn’t seem to help.  It just felt like you had opened the oven door.  I think the hair on my arms got scorched. That was standing in the shade. I am not even talking about getting into a hot car after work.  
The good news is we are almost through July.  The bad news is August and September are ahead of us and we are all tired of being hot and people start getting cranky.  The electric bills destroy your budget but you can’t not crank it up and hope the electrical grid holds. 
I keep thinking November through May are gorgeous pay offs.  When everyone else is shoveling snow and slipping on ice, I will be wearing t-shirts, cuts-offs, and sandals, and eating on street-side bistros and enjoying outdoor festivals. The glory days … I miss you. 
But when I have a few days off in August, I am headed to the higher country just to remember what it feels like to be able to move about comfortably.  A couple trips to the mountains always help get you through.
COME ON OCTOBER!  No wonder I love autumn.

JULY 23, 2014 - Today’s high was 113 degrees.

It is still in the high 90’s and it is 10:00 p.m.

A friend and co-worker posted this on her Facebook page and today I felt it. We are also in for a heat-warning tomorrow.

The breeze, when it did stir, didn’t seem to help.  It just felt like you had opened the oven door.  I think the hair on my arms got scorched. That was standing in the shade. I am not even talking about getting into a hot car after work.  

The good news is we are almost through July.  The bad news is August and September are ahead of us and we are all tired of being hot and people start getting cranky.  The electric bills destroy your budget but you can’t not crank it up and hope the electrical grid holds. 

I keep thinking November through May are gorgeous pay offs.  When everyone else is shoveling snow and slipping on ice, I will be wearing t-shirts, cuts-offs, and sandals, and eating on street-side bistros and enjoying outdoor festivals. The glory days … I miss you. 

But when I have a few days off in August, I am headed to the higher country just to remember what it feels like to be able to move about comfortably.  A couple trips to the mountains always help get you through.

COME ON OCTOBER!  No wonder I love autumn.

From the verse / song by Noel Coward. only ..Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.
HH:  It was a scorcher!  And it has only just begun.

From the verse / song by Noel Coward. only ..Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.

HH:  It was a scorcher!  And it has only just begun.

Vincent Munier Summer Variations - Nikon D3S     
  • Award winning wildlife photographer Vincent Munier takes the Nikon D3S on assignment in Norway & Finland capturing the creatures of the Nordic forest in all its glory. “Photography can be a powerful weapon in the battle for nature conservation, and now the D-Movie function becomes part of my arsenal.”
Muskox, Puffin, Bears, Albatross

 

 

 

Godfather - photo and comment by Peter Delaney
"While he stands knee deep in the waterhole his eyes are closed as he dozes off. Now and again this giant will swish his tail or fill his trunk to spray his massive frame with the cool grey liquid. He is big – 4 meters tall and over 4 ton in weight, he is the “Godfather” as I affectionately call this giant elephant. It’s two in the afternoon and the heat is relentless; over 30 degrees Celsius and no shade[…]"

Godfather - photo and comment by Peter Delaney

"While he stands knee deep in the waterhole his eyes are closed as he dozes off. Now and again this giant will swish his tail or fill his trunk to spray his massive frame with the cool grey liquid. He is big – 4 meters tall and over 4 ton in weight, he is the “Godfather” as I affectionately call this giant elephant. It’s two in the afternoon and the heat is relentless; over 30 degrees Celsius and no shade[…]"