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How many days has it been that we've had temps in the upper 90's? Also, I can't remember our last rain and none is in the forecast for the foreseeable future. How far behind are we on rainfall?

I guess the saving grace is that the humidity has been running on the lower end at 40% +/-.

Anybody remember the summer of '79 or 80 when it was so hot that the roads started buckling?

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I'll take this over 93 plus 80% humidity ANY day.

It's been hot, but nothing like the humid heat. I think it's actually not that bad. Kind of nice

call me crazy

We've been calling you crazy for quite some time.

I remember 80, that was the year that dad finally decided to get an air conditioner.

June is supposed to be one of our wettest (Rainy-er?) months. In fact, I remember about 6 years ago how it rained EVERY DAY in June and the clouds literally disappeared on July 1st!

Our rain deficit is significant, but I don't have the numbers off hand (WXMan might).

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It's the dryness that's oppressive. Everything brown and crunchy, yuk. I must be a true gulf coast crazy person, because I would like some humidity back to go with the heat.

20th st dad, I understand your feelings about the sun. I love the sun, but unfortunately my skin, which came from the melanoma-prone Irish part of the gene pool, does not. Summer is an endless dance of protective hats, shirts, and sunscreen application. I'm already on my third container of spray-on SPF 70.

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How many days has it been that we've had temps in the upper 90's? Also, I can't remember our last rain and none is in the forecast for the foreseeable future. How far behind are we on rainfall?

I guess the saving grace is that the humidity has been running on the lower end at 40% +/-.

Anybody remember the summer of '79 or 80 when it was so hot that the roads started buckling?

I remember EXACTLY when it last rained. I just tore down my garage, so I need to store a few of the big items, like my lawnmower, that could not go in the house. I bought a couple of tarps and tied them to my deck arbor to protect the stuff from the rain. Not 30 minutes later, a front came through with 35 mph wind gusts. I wondered if the tarps would hold, but they were fine. Hasn't rained since. The day was Sunday, May 24, at 3:15pm. It was over 20 minutes later.

I was working at the Exxon refinery in 1980 during the heat wave. This is no comparison. Whereas 1980 had something like 20 consecutive days over 100, this streak has not had a day over 98, and only 6 days have gone over 95. Of course, it just happens to be the last 6. :(

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I guess it's not so crazy to like lower humidity. The mornings and evenings have been pretty nice while that blazing sun is down. It's still getting down in the 70's at night. I hate when you wake up and it's in the 80's with about 90% humidity - but... we have that coming. Yuck!

I'm also really surprised that the air quality is in the good range. I thought hot weather like this caused increased ozone.

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We've been calling you crazy for quite some time.

lol!

I will admit that it's bad inside the car, but it's quite refreshing once I step outside my office building. Yall just wait. Remember these days when humidity is high and it's only 92-93. You'll be remembering the good 'ol day.s

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Get used to it... the weather pattern we are in isn't going anywhere at least in the next week... only good thing about this is that it's been great pool / tanning weather... I am really getting some good color!!! B)

:D Which color of the rainbow are you becoming? :lol:

I just went out by the pool and it's soooo nice with the sun going down and all.

WxBoy, is there an explanation as to why the OZ is low and air quality good? Also, the pollens are moderate. WTF is messing with my sinuses?

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:D Which color of the rainbow are you becoming? :lol:

I just went out by the pool and it's soooo nice with the sun going down and all.

WxBoy, is there an explanation as to why the OZ is low and air quality good? Also, the pollens are moderate. WTF is messing with my sinuses?

Yeah, it sucks....!!! I was in LA and it was bearly 70 degrees out!!! We had to buy cheap sweaters!

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Last year or the year before our average high in July was right around 90, low for history, because it rained every day. That was the best summer ever. Ok I looked it up, July 2007, average high was 89.7 (10 inches of rain), it only got in the 90s on 16 of 31 days. Typically it's 94 for July with 3.18 inches of rain.

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/hgx/climate/iah/2007/jul07iah.txt

I like the dryness because I can do windows down on the morning commute, but my body doesn't like it. I went running yesterday and had to stop, not because I was tired, but because my body and head go so hot. It was weird. That doesn't happen on normal summer days for me.

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How many days has it been that we've had temps in the upper 90's? Also, I can't remember our last rain and none is in the forecast for the foreseeable future. How far behind are we on rainfall?

Tim Heller (Ch. 13 - wears the straight pants, according to Crunch ^_^ ) says we have a chance of rain on Saturday...the 27th :o . I'm not kidding.

This is one of those really bad periods we go through. The trees in the neighborhood look really sad.

I'm also really surprised that the air quality is in the good range. I thought hot weather like this caused increased ozone.

Wind. The high front which is locking in the heat and locking out the moisture is generating a good breeze. The skyline views are great.

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Back in 80 I was humping up and down utility poles for GTE in League City. by 9am my leather belt was sweat soaked.

There was a fellow on the crew how had just moved from upper "snow belt" New York state. Talk about suffering!

WVK

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:D Which color of the rainbow are you becoming? :lol:

I just went out by the pool and it's soooo nice with the sun going down and all.

WxBoy, is there an explanation as to why the OZ is low and air quality good? Also, the pollens are moderate. WTF is messing with my sinuses?

Tan!! :P

As for ozone... I don't really do a lot of work with regard to ozone and air quality forecasts... but I am sure the nice afternoon breezes we have been having is helping keep the air a bit cleaner than one would suspect with such hot and dry weather. We will continue to get some nice 10-20 mph winds off of the Gulf each afternoon over at least the next few days.

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Greeat weather. Having Fun with the Sunroof open and Sunglasses on in my Aspen (s.u.v). Hitting the beach in Galveston for the weekend. B) I don't know if you guys know but the Seawall in Galveston is packed during the weekend and holidays in the Summer/Spring months. :)

But...the drought is returning unfortunaetly...

Also, no improvement expected soon... :(

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Worst part to me is having to water my damn yard. I HATE watering my yard in a city whose annual rainfall averages about an inch of rain a week (50" per year).

I've watered the yard twice this week. The alternative is what happened to me last summer when I didn't water, and ended up with dead St. Augustine. I suppose a better alternative would be to replant with buffalo grass. I wonder how bahia grass would look? :)

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Month-to-date precipitation: 0.00 inches. None in the 10 day forecast. I wonder if that would be a record? I know it would suck.

Yup. A record, driest June. The current record is 0.08 that was set in June of 2005(?). We may hit 100 next week!

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Here in the northern realms the low tonight will be 43, with a high for the next week or so of 66. We had a heat wave earlier this week, made it up to about 71.

Damn you! I am wicked jealous.

My front yard is pretty green but the sides and rear of my house look like scorched earth. I need to do a better job of focusing the sprinklers to the sides.

Scorched Earth was the best video game ever, at the time. You could hack into the basic code and rig all kinds of cheating. Anyone remember its predecessor GORILLA?

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Here in the northern realms the low tonight will be 43, with a high for the next week or so of 66. We had a heat wave earlier this week, made it up to about 71.

Where are you located? It's finally warming up here in Chicago, this winter (one of the longest in a few years) lingered around until a week ago (highs were in the low 60's). Now we can put away most of our jackets & winter wear. Hopefully I'm not jinxing us as I speak or TYPE.

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We could be around 100F next week... Tuesday and Wednesday looking the hottest right now... heat index values could approach 110F... still no relief in site... so glad I just moved from the Heights back to my condo in the Med Center where I have a pool again!!! B)

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WxBoy - the pool at my plex is already becoming luke warm. We were just joking earlier about everybody getting bags of ice to throw in.

I must say though, that the evenings have been nice with the low humidity and nice breeze. I did notice the humidities seemed to creep up today.

(From a previous conversation on humidity levels vs. humidities, etc. Spell check don't like it! -_- )

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WxBoy - the pool at my plex is already becoming luke warm. We were just joking earlier about everybody getting bags of ice to throw in.

I must say though, that the evenings have been nice with the low humidity and nice breeze. I did notice the humidities seemed to creep up today.

(From a previous conversation on humidity levels vs. humidities, etc. Spell check don't like it! -_- )

Seriously... my pool is warm, too... it's going to be like a hot tub by August! ha ha Good idea about the ice!! I was actually at the pool with a friend of mine about a week ago and my boyfriend showed up with drinks for us... and instead of ice he put dry ice in them... so we were putting the dry ice in the pool and it was all smokin' and stuff... was really neat! We made a lot of friends at the pool that day. :D

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Seriously... my pool is warm, too... it's going to be like a hot tub by August! ha ha Good idea about the ice!! I was actually at the pool with a friend of mine about a week ago and my boyfriend showed up with drinks for us... and instead of ice he put dry ice in them... so we were putting the dry ice in the pool and it was all smokin' and stuff... was really neat! We made a lot of friends at the pool that day. :D

Ooh, ooh, where does one buy dry ice? That would be a really cool party effect. (affect?) :)

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So much for those $15 water bills I've enjoyed for the last couple of years. I'm not even watering the back yard. Let it wilt.

As I stood out there tonight trying to hit some key areas with the hose, I pondered letting it all die off, and putting in xeriscaping. I'm probably not going that way, though.

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use the a/c drain water for the important plants. seems to be doing well for my mint, basil, onion, lemon balm and citrus.

What's lemon balm? That sounds like a cocktail. Are you drinking the condensation as well? :P

My primary goes right down the drain. I guess you could stop up the primary and collect from the secondary drain.

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What's lemon balm? That sounds like a cocktail. Are you drinking the condensation as well? :P

it's citronella-esque. good mosquito repellant but makes good tea and other drinks, including alcoholic ones.

My primary goes right down the drain. I guess you could stop up the primary and collect from the secondary drain.

i have my primary going outside too. since there aren't chems in it, it's also very good for bromeliads which tend to get spots from treated water.

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Ooh, ooh, where does one buy dry ice? That would be a really cool party effect. (affect?) :)

We got ours from Kroger... :) ... it is a very neat "effect" ;) . Be careful, though, it's very cold and can "burn" your skin... use tongs when handling it and if you do touch it don't hold it for very long... just a second or two.

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We could be around 100F next week... Tuesday and Wednesday looking the hottest right now... heat index values could approach 110F... still no relief in site... so glad I just moved from the Heights back to my condo in the Med Center where I have a pool again!!! B)

All I can say is that I'm glad to be a resident of Houston and not south Texas, where it's already been pushing well into three-digit territory.

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As I stood out there tonight trying to hit some key areas with the hose, I pondered letting it all die off, and putting in xeriscaping. I'm probably not going that way, though.

I read some web site that unless you let the water get at least 1" down, just light sprinkling on the grass does more harm than good. I tend to let my front sprinkler (the el cheapo kind that just goes back and forth in an arc run for 30 minutes or so and I have the greenest lawn on my street).

Anyone else know about watering lawns?

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I read some web site that unless you let the water get at least 1" down, just light sprinkling on the grass does more harm than good. I tend to let my front sprinkler (the el cheapo kind that just goes back and forth in an arc run for 30 minutes or so and I have the greenest lawn on my street).

Anyone else know about watering lawns?

A good soaking watering once a week is better than 30 minutes several times a week. During a drought like this, you'd probably need to water more than once a week, but it needs to be for 1 to 2 hours, not 30 minutes. The problem with the shallow watering is that it encourages roots to stay near the surface instead of reaching deeper.

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