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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Weather Patterns

The heat wave has finally reached southern California. It was still above 90 degrees at 6pm yesterday, so Boz and I had to wait until the sun went down to take our walk. He did not appreciate the wait.

But once we got out it was pleasant to stroll. People were about, moving slowly, just appreciating the air. When you stay inside all day, even in air conditioning, you get stir crazy.

This isn't like the heat wave that's been plaguing the rest of the country. Mid-nineties is normal for August around here. It's just that every year I forget that until right about now.

21 comments:

Kalei's Best Friend said...

Mid 90's? Come on my side of town.. We're in the 100's!.. We don't even cool down till about 7 when its in the low 90's.... I will say this, I am making use of my a/c this year!.

dive said...

Er … Southern California? Hot? Surely that's the reason for living there (says an Englishman shivering in the rain).

Bellis said...

I was looking forward to taking Abby on our favorite hikes when I returned from England, but Pasadena's too hot to take a furry Welsh border collie/Swiss mountain dog cross anywhere except the beach. Musn't grumble, though, because the beach is just an hour away. Some areas have it much worse - my plane flew over the plains states, where every acre is down to wheat, corn and soy. They were covered in a thick, dirty, red-brown heat smog. Never seen anything like it . The thunder clouds that could bring relief were trapped above the Rockies and couldn't move east. Thank goodness I don't live there.

LOLfromPasa said...

I can understand the comment from Mr. Dive. I miss that weather (and those great lamp posts).

Petrea Burchard said...

I think America and England would like to trade weather right about now.

We've spent the last few decades wrecking the climate. I hope we've got some scientists working on how to fix it or else those guys over at JPL are going to have to figure out how to move us all to Mars pretty quick.

I do like hot weather, Dive. Apparently I'm the only one who does, though. Boz is too old to do a whole block in this heat.

dive said...

Crazy days, Petrea: we've had a disastrous wheat crop here because it hasn't stopped raining since February and you've had a disastrous wheat crop because it hasn't started.
Wheat prices are up 30% (great news for rich share speculators but bad news for poor folk buying bread) and the GOP are still in denial about climate change.
Hey ho.
Enjoy your coolish evenings and give Boz a hug from his English Marxist fan club.

Kalei's Best Friend said...

@Petrea: I like it as well, tho the mix of humidity and heat is little to be desired...

Petrea Burchard said...

You know which way I lean politically, Dive, but I have to say neither party has paid much attention to climate change. Someone's going to have to, sooner or later, and it will probably be us, forcing them into it.

KBF, visit Chicago, or better yet, Florida, when it's 100 degrees out, and you will understand humidity.

Desiree said...

Gasp. Great shot. I, too, would welcome mid-nineties, as we're in the low 100s. What a difference a thousand feet or so makes.

Petrea Burchard said...

It is definitely hotter in Altadena, one can really feel the difference. And cooler in Hollywood. Such are my travels over the last couple of days.

Ann Erdman said...

104 according to the thermometer on my Atchison Street front porch yesterday at 2 p.m. Even with the post-6 p.m. cool-down, it has been brutal the last couple of days, especially with some humidity coming in!

I love that the City of Pasadena sought fit to keep the history street lights in neighborhoods.

Paul @ Leeds Daily Photo said...

Thats pretty warm by our standards here in the Olympic county of Yorkshire. I can well understand Boz feeling like he wants out, I too get rather stir crazy after a while.

Sid Gally said...

Not all of Southrrn California is unbearably hot. Here in Avalon it is warm but a cool breeze is coming in our kitchen door. The big ravens are making large noises. A pair of pelicans were hanging out on the dock yesterday, once in a while flying offf to grab a fish.

Deb said...

Atmospheric shot, those are very stylish street lamps.

Petrea Burchard said...

"Brutal" is a good word for it, Ann. About the street lights, I agree. On the next street they have an older, more ornate model.

Paul, poor Boz has tried to visit the porch a couple of times this afternoon, but he's turned back by the blast of heat that hits him when I open the door.

Sid, you're tempting me to hop on a boat! Avalon would be the perfect spot right now. http://www.cityofavalon.com/

Deb, I'll have to get you a photo of the whole street when it's lit. Must find a well-placed fence or car on which to place the camera as I don't have a tripod.

Steve Scauzillo said...

I can really relate to your staying indoors in the air conditioning remark and getting "stir crazy." Do I seem a little nuts to you now! It's too hot to go outside!

Virginia said...

Mid 90's? Sissy!

Ms M said...

Good photo with the streetlight and the worried sky.
We're being baked here, and we've got major forest and range fires going on. The air has been smoky and gray for a week now, and it will continue. At sunset, the light is a strange, other-worldly orange.

Petrea Burchard said...

You can probably go outside now that it's dark, Steve. Boz and I finally got to have our walk.

Virginia, I can only assume you're calling Steve a sissy, because I'm not complaining. I think you owe Steve an apology.

I know that forest fire sky, Ms. M. If you guys haven't already seen it, take a look at what Chieftess captured around Mammoth Lakes yesterday. Amazing shots:
http://mammothlakesdp.blogspot.com/2012/08/trulyfire-in-sky.html

TheChieftess said...

Thanks for the plug Petrea!!!

We've got some of those thunderstorms that are stuck over the mountains...it's been cloudy and gray yesterday and today...but pleasant!!! Even evenings warm enough to sit outside!

Petrea Burchard said...

That beats "too hot to sit outside!"