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Enough with the Heat!

Posted 2012.07.05 8.10 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Ok so even though it does get sorta cool in the nights, this is getting ridiculous.

It’ll be another +90° day today. And tomorrow they’re talking about 95°!

It’s supposed to be going down to below 65° at nights so I’ve been opening the windows but it’s not helping – if it does get that low, there’s no wind, nothing to bring the cool into the house.

So we’re sweating along at a steady 82 to 85° and I think I’ve had about enough. I’m hot, the cats are hot, the fish and snails are hot.

Every few days they say there’ll be rain or a storm, and it never happens.


Update: Oh FFS now they say there’s a Warm Front coming! What the hell?!

Open Windows Time!

Posted 2012.03.22 8.56 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Yay it’s the first open-windows day of the season!

According to the WX report it’s going to be outrageously warm and sunny all day today, and way warmer than my thermostat would ever be set.

It’s probably not really the first open-windows day, I think yesterday would have qualified too, but I kind of dropped the ball on that and forgot to check the forecast before leaving for work.

Anyways – yay early summer!

Hard to believe but back when I was a kid, March Break used to be considered a time to get out the skis and hit the slopes.

Granted, March Break was last week, but they did bump it up a week a while back (decade or two?) because the ski resorts were complaining about loss of business. Only I don’t think last week was ski-weather either.

Last week was spring. This week is summer.

100 Degrees in the Shade

Posted 2011.07.21 10.52 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

It’s a hot one today! It’s days like this that we’ll remember fondly next February, when it’s -40 and the petrol in our cars has frozen solid.

Looking at the forecast, apart from the temperature, what struck me was today’s UV Index. It’s a Ten! For some reason, I thought the scale only went up to nine.

The whole UV Index thing still feels odd to me. As I mentioned in a recent photo comment, I can remember when we had a nice cozy ozone layer to protect us all. Life was good in those days. There was no UV Index, and we weren’t taught to fear the sun.

Anyways, seeing the Ten today, I had to go and look this up. Sure enough, the UV Index has only been around for a little while – it was invented in 1992. Invented here in Canada, in fact! Good old Environment Canada, leading the way.

Anyhow, if you’re going outside today, remember to buckle-up, wear your safety-suit, goggles, face-shield, helmet, and gloves. And don’t forget to have fun!


Weekend Weather

Posted 2011.04.21 8.37 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Looks like we’re in for an awesome long weekend!

Yay weather!


Weather -> Aches & Pains

Posted 2009.05.07 9.40 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

I’m trying to comprehend the connection between some kinds of weather, i.e. cold, damp, and an increase in the frequency or severity of aches and pains. Maybe you know someone who has mentioned that their aches and pains are worse when it’s damp. Maybe you’ve experienced it yourself. Or, like that familiar phrase “must be a storm coming, I can feel it in my bones”. 

In my experience, damp weather / rain is most often cited as the reason for the increased discomfort. However, I find it hard to accept that dampness / rain is the actual cause. My doubt stems from the fact that our joints and bones are simply not exposed to the elements: they are hidden under protective layers of wet squidgy stuff and wrapped under a water-resistant coating of skin. Consequently, damp or wet air simply cannot directly reach the bones or joints.

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