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Heat Miser
I'm a tad underwhelmed by the "heat emergency." Granted, I was only out for 30 minutes or so, but while I confess being happy that I don't have to work outside, I've been thinking the same thing since we first crested 90. Is it really significantly hotter than it's been for most of the summer?

Incidentally, this is of interest in part because there are a handful of people who have taken personal days because of the "emergency" for fear that straying out of air-conditioned homes long enough to get to their air-conditioned office will have them passing out in the street. Or something. I call shenanigans.
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futurenurselady From: futurenurselady Date: August 1st, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's the heat index, not the actual temperature. The danger is in the fact that the body thinks it's hotter than it actually is so it overdoes the sweating. Dehydration is pretty much a given which means haet stroke and heat exhaustion are a far higher risk.

Also, imagine how it'd be if your living space and workplace had no air conditioning. Imagine if you were elderly and couldn't get cold drinks out of the refridgerator without the equivalent effort of lifting over 50 pounds.
komos From: komos Date: August 1st, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
The heat index factors in other things like humidity and gives you what temperature it actually feels like. I get that. I can also appreciate the difficulties for the elderly/infirm and that it would be unfortunate if I didn't have access to a controlled environment.

That said, while I was out I wasn't sweating just for standing there, which is something that has happened plenty of other days this summe. As a result, I'm wondering what it is that causes this day to be considered more dangerous than similar days we've had that didn't have an "emergency" called.
schizohedron From: schizohedron Date: August 1st, 2006 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

CYO on power companies' part?

If the emergency you mention is one that your local radio/TV has been ballyhooing (as it has here), it might involve ass-covering in light of the big blackout a couple of years back. (We also had a big chunk of Queens go dark for 8 days recently, so Con Ed and Bloomberg are paranoid.)

Down here, we had a breeze today that cut the "real feel" somewhat. Had I a longer walk to work, I would have stayed hydrated and been fine. Humidity makes a huge difference. I've gotten through 110˚ in Las Vegas with a wide-brimmed hat, loose clothes, and a water bottle with no problem, and I'm nobody's picture of fitness.

Now going from 90˚ weather to 65˚ in an office, that can open you up to problems. I've heard coughing on the train and at work, and there are no new allergens behind it. . . .
komos From: komos Date: August 2nd, 2006 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: CYO on power companies' part?

That's got to be it. From what I understand, there were outages in Somerville last night, and I'm guessing there will other communities going out today.

Summer colds are the worst...
iterum From: iterum Date: August 1st, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
The only unusual thing I've noticed today is the malevolent aura of heat jutting into the conditioned air in the hallway near the exit. But when I went to the student union for coffee just now, I didn't think it was remarkably hot out, compared to other days recently.

We'll see how it goes when I get home to the un-airconditioned apartment.
komos From: komos Date: August 1st, 2006 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I suppose that will be the real test.
bbbsg From: bbbsg Date: August 1st, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
i'm surviving in an un-air conditioned apartment.
komos From: komos Date: August 1st, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
So, uncomfortable but not death dealing heat then?
bbbsg From: bbbsg Date: August 1st, 2006 07:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
pretty much. it's not even as uncomfortable as some other recent days. i've gotten naked in front of the fans, but i've not needed to spritz myself with a water sprayer thingy yet.
watchamacallit From: watchamacallit Date: August 1st, 2006 06:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was just outside and it doesn't feel much hotter than other days. But really, does 95 feel hotter than 90? It's all ungodly HOT to me.
komos From: komos Date: August 1st, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think it does, but that there is a point where you just think "hot" as opposed to "hotter than." Having been to Phoenix in high summer, I know what that's about, but I don't think I'm there yet. As it stands, my perception is that I've been far more uncomfortable (heck, last week, even) than I was today.

I dunno... it just feels like the "mother of all storms" doomsaying that prefaced every flurry we got over the winter.
watchamacallit From: watchamacallit Date: August 1st, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
re: your edit... seriously? they're at the beach. i'd much rather be here than my apartment right now.
From: aphorisic Date: August 1st, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why must you be such a contrarian.
komos From: komos Date: August 1st, 2006 07:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm just keepin' it real.
From: ex_cayetana730 Date: August 1st, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know what you mean. I think we all have our own threshholds. I know that right now to me, 91 feels the same as 97. But come 100, I'll just fall down. Whereas my coworker standing next to me is doing a jig without breaking a sweat.
komos From: komos Date: August 1st, 2006 07:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I seem to have a fair tolerance for the extremes. Of course, by "fair tolerance," I mean that I'm no more immobilized by 105 degree heat than I am by 85 degree heat.
sassyinkpen From: sassyinkpen Date: August 1st, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
BITE your tongue... *sweats*
komos From: komos Date: August 1st, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm helping!
I'm helping!
From: uruz Date: August 1st, 2006 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't sleep unless the temperature is close to 65F.

The only solution is to blow up the sun, or start nuclear winter now.
komos From: komos Date: August 1st, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
What, you don't want to live in a scorched wasteland?
From: uruz Date: August 1st, 2006 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nah, because then I'd turn into a fundamentalist whackjob and blame the Jews for all my problems.
komos From: komos Date: August 1st, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
But now no one gets to be the Humongous...
mudguts From: mudguts Date: August 2nd, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

pussies, all y'all

we got more free pop-sickles at work today. (sadly not fudge-sickles)

i suggested to tptb, the company could save a few more bucks if they just froze some oj in dixie cups. (sadly the sarcasm was lost on him)

tomorrow, when he comes out of his ac'ed office and mentions the heat, ill suggest he go sit on a pop-sickle. (yes)
komos From: komos Date: August 3rd, 2006 11:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Duder, I won't disagree with you

I have no idea how you managed doing it... especially without fudge-sickles. What the hell?
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