Summer temperature warning!

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  1. Mikewood

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    Safety warning.

    During the summer office and commercial building temperatures can dip into the high 60’s.

    Please take breaks as needed in your toasty 120 degree car to warm up.
     
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    I just consider it practice for a fall cold snap. joe
     
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    It's funny how quickly your body acclimates to temps.

    I have been working inside a sunporch remodeling it. Even with windows open the interior temp, especially near the ceiling, is probably 20-30* warmer than outside.

    After spending as little as a half hour or so in the porch, when I step out to get something, I get chilled. Even if it's 70* outside.
     
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    I'd rather be too hot than too cold...my wife disagrees :4:. When she's running the AC in the summer I usually have to go outside and warm up every hour or so. I'd rather stay adjusted to the real (scorching hot :cool:) conditions outside, than get too used to artificial cool.
     
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    A local 17 year old boy died due to heat stroke on his first day on the job working landscaping.

    I’ve added instant ice packs to the medical kit along with gator aid mix.
     
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    I can deal with the heat much better then cold. I hibernate during winter months.
     
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    One of my first jobs was working for an electrician--believe it or not, his name was Wyers. I was only 14 or 15, but that was a different era. My job was to crawl around in the attic and drop cable or do whatever was needed up top to get electricity to a plug or whatever.

    Anyway, we are talking Texas in July or August and it was at least 98° outside. The attic felt like an oven when I stuck my head in. After about 10 to 15 minutes I had sweated enough that my jeans were dripping wet, literally, but I felt pretty comfortable. He would only let me stay in the attic about 20 minutes. I'd come down to that 98° heat and feel chilled. Humans can handle heat better than most any wild animal, or at least we could before we got used to AC. Large mammals tend to sweat to keep cool while smaller ones pant. Since we are among the smaller sweat animals, we can adapt quite well to heat.

    Runners in hot climates are advised to leave their dogs at home when running because their loyal pets will overdo it and can suffer life threatening overheating. Birds as well as mammals cool by evaporation, it's just that we cool by evaporation both as we breathe and as we sweat.

    Folks who live in very humid environments such as the Gulf Coast like to talk about days when it is 90° and 90% humidity. Not really true. Most days it will cool to near the dew point overnight, so the humidity is 90% early morning. As the day warms the air's capacity to hold moisture climbs and so the relative humidity drops. My experience is that 40% humidity is stifling when the temperature gets on up there.

    A good breeze can compensate for that higher humidity, though. I find that many times when I think it is really humid what I really am sensing is the lack of air movement. Most of my family lives further west in Texas or even New Mexico. They benefit from both low humidities and air movement. Oh, yes, and elevation which also increases evaporation rate. A 100° day on the South Plains can be quite bearable. Now, if they only had shade…
     
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    One of the things I pondered on when we studied geography in school was the explanation for native dress. People in tropical areas wear minimal clothing so they can keep cool. Folks in desert climates wear relatively heavy clothing to protect them from the heat. That always seemed contradictory.

    Years of experience in a hot climate have led me to a better understanding. In tropical climates you need all the skin exposure you can get because of the high humidity. In desert climates, once the hot air has evaporated all your sweat, all additional air can do is transport in additional heat load. You can probably sweat even more, but that wastes valuable water, again, think desert environment. So, the heavier clothing makes good sense after all.

    Thinking back to before air conditioning, I'd sit in a chair in front of an oscillating fan and read during the hottest part of the day. Sometimes I would pull up the knob to stop the fan from going back and forth. I could never understand why I often felt more comfortable with the fan oscillating than with me hogging all the air, blowing right on me. I'd guess it was that same factor--once the moving air had evaporated my sweat, all the additional air would do was blow hot air onto me!
     
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