I spent the first couple of hours of my day trying to post pictures for one of Cee’s photo challenges. Each time I got it almost finished, I’d save it and it would hang. The wi-fi appeared to be on, but wasn’t.

A dry lake at Manchaug

I gave up. We went out, put $25 worth of gas in the car, picked up my medication, bought some strawberry soda, and came home. I didn’t bring the camera. Too hot. I took a few pictures on the cell, but haven’t yet downloaded them.

Charter offers the cheapest possible equipment to customers, so no surprise, they use the same cheesy equipment for their own installations. Their materials are no match for this super-hot weather. They have been off more than they have been on and even a connection tends to flicker. It’s hard to get much done.

The heat wave is far from over. The predicted rain never happened. The humidity is high and tomorrow it will be hotter. We can expect it to be hotter each day until Monday when it may break (briefly) free from the 100 degree temperatures and drop down to around 90. Who imagined 90 degrees would seem cool?

Photo: Garry Armstrong – Not much water over this dam

By Tuesday, temperatures will start climbing again. The current prediction is this siege won’t end until mid August by which time we’ll have a killer electric bill. I’m trying not to think about it. Electric bills notwithstanding, we are too old to deal with this heat. My heart would not take it. I’m pretty sure my brain would fry in my skull.

We use only three small air conditioners. We set them at 77 or 78 degree — not exactly frigid but comfortable. We also use upright rotating fans which help a lot. What really burns up the electricity are the two dehumidifiers we run downstairs to keep the dampness from becoming mold. There’s little choice. If we don’t keep the humidity moderate, in just days, we’ll be growing black mold.

Meanwhile, I’m stowing whatever money I can to pay for heating oil. Winter will come.

Not much water over this dam, either

Owen and I joke about this a lot. “Good thing,” one of us says, “That climate change is a myth.”

“Yup. Because this sure is normal weather.


Climate change will affect everyone, one way or another.

Assuming you can keep you home from flooding, burning, or being buried by or in mud, everyone will be confined to home. Going out will be dangerous to your health. Breathing will be difficult. How dry will it get and will the aquifer still run?

Who knows?

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14 replies

  1. Hot and bone dry describes June, July, and August where I live.


    • Ditto. It rained almost continuously in March and April, and in the first week of May. And then, the rain stopped. We haven’t had a significant rain since. We got about 5 minutes late last night. I don’t think it even wet the plants. I knew we were in trouble when I realized the WEEDS are dying.

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      • We haven’t had any measurable rain since mid March. And probably won’t get any until late October. Because of the drought, I turned off my sprinkler system system and my grass has turned brown and my plants and bushes are dying.


  2. Utah is in the 100s more days than not. It used to peak like that only now and then. Yep. 90 seems mighty cool right now. It also saps the energy from folks like me (apparently). So not going out is a given, not a choice. I hope things get better, Autumn is on the way (the stores are putting out the “Back to School” stuff, which, to me is annoying, but typical of the way things run now. Depressing a bit too, because yes Autumn is on the way) Do you think it will be cooler in September and October?


    • That’s a very good question. Winter is coming … but will we have a “real” winter? We sort of had one last year, but almost nothing for the two previous winters.


  3. Stay cool. 😀 😀


    • Trying hard. I’m outside for about an hour — sometimes a little longer — to feed the birds and squirrels and water the five pots of flowers. I also (now) am leaving flat pans of water out for the birds and squirrels. All the water holes are dry.


  4. Thankfully it’s cooled down in London now – 24C instead of the 40C we had at the start of the week. It’s forecast to climb again for the weekend but ‘only’ to 30C. Bear in mind we have no a/c in our homes – I guess that’s saving us some money on electricity! But I plan not to complain as one of my friends has it far worse – her house burned down in a fire that devastated an east London suburb, started when a compost pile in a garden overheated on Tuesday afternoon:


    • I worry about lightning. We get a lot of lightning strikes here. We’ve had 3 actually hit the house and one hit the well. Who knew lightning COULD hit a WELL? It wouldn’t take much to light up our woods. It’s dry as dust. Even the weeds are dying.


  5. I hope the weather breaks soon and you get some relief.


    • It will be another 10 days to two weeks. Probably. Of course, this isn’t a normal year, so we can only hope that mid August brings at least lower temperatures. But rain!! It is so awfully dry.

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  6. Hot hot hot all over. SD was scorching. Wyoming a bit less but still hot. Poor Europe.


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