Too Hot!!

Too hot, most would hit the pool on these long hot summer days, right?

WRONG!

Seems we here in the Southeast US are being told to stay inside where the AC is kickin out some icy breezes. It’s not only too hot, but the heat’s making the air quality so bad that we have HEAT ALERTS and AIR QUALITY ALERTS combined! And I’m not exaggerating about being advised to stay inside:

www.weather.gov Go to the NWS Home Page

Air Quality Alert



AIR QUALITY ALERT MESSAGE

ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT -RELAYED BY NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE
215 PM CDT SAT JUL 19 2008

...AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT THROUGH SUNDAY FOR HUNTSVILLE
AND DECATUR...THE ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
...ADEM...HAS ISSUED AN AIR QUALITY ALERT FOR SATURDAY...
JULY 19 AND SUNDAY...JULY 20.
ADEM RECOMMENDS THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS DURING AN AIR QUALITY ALERT:
  • CONSERVE ELECTRICITY AND SET YOUR AIR CONDITIONER AT A

HIGHER TEMPERATURE.

  • LIMIT DRIVING AND COMBINE ERRANDS.
  • USE THE BUS OR CAR POOL TO WORK.
  • AVOID USE OF GASOLINE POWER LAWN AND GARDEN EQUIPMENT.
  • REFUEL CARS AND TRUCKS AFTER 6 PM.
  • LIMIT ENGINE IDLING.
  • USE HOUSEHOLD…WORKSHOP…AND GARDEN CHEMICALSIN WAYS THAT KEEP EVAPORATION TO A MINIMUM…OR TRY TO AVOID THEM WHEN POOR AIR QUALITY IS FORECAST.

(my personal favorite)β†’ IF BREATHING BECOMES DIFFICULT..MOVE INDOORS.

So there’s THAT, copuled with THIS:

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE - NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
323 PM CDT SUN JUL 20 2008

...A HEAT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY AFTERNOON INTO
EARLY MONDAY EVENING FOR THE TENNESSEE VALLEY...HIGH PRESSURE
AT THE SURFACE AND ALOFT WILL CREATE

STAGNANT CONDITIONS ALONG WITH VERY HOT TEMPERATURES

ACROSS NORTHERN ALABAMA AND SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE.
THE VERY HOT TEMPERATURES...

COUPLED WITH A MOIST ATMOSPHERE

AND LIGHT WINDS WILL CREATE POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS HEAT STRESS
CONDITIONS ACROSS THE AREA MONDAY AFTERNOON....
SOOO ...HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 12 PM TO 8 PM CDT MONDAY...

STAGNANT HIGH PRESSURE OVER THE SOUTHERN STATES...
AND WARM AIR ALOFT WILL HELP CREATE HOT CONDITIONS
ACROSS THE TENNESSEE VALLEY ON MONDAY. 

HIGH TEMPERATURES DURING MONDAY WILL RANGE UPWARDS TO 102…

WITH CORRESPONDING HEAT INDICES RANGING FROM 103 TO 110...

SIMILAR CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED ON TUESDAY...WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES
ACROSS MUCH OF THE AREA NEARING 100 DEGREES. HEAT INDICES VALUES
WILL RANGE FROM 101 TO 108...WITH NEAR 110 POSSIBLE ...
THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE 
TO CREATE A SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE. 
DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS...

STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM…STAY OUT OF THE SUN...

AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS.

Ahem…Yeah. Its times like these I remember my friends from places outside the Southeastern US asking if we’d like to come visit sometime. Or for those of you, like Shadow, living on the other side of the globe who are in wintertime right now -would you throw on your coat and go outside and take a deep breath for me? I will live vicariously through you for the next few days… πŸ˜‰

Peace, ~me

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3 Responses

  1. ugh. I know. It’s awful.

    NO KIDDING

  2. probably ought to lay in the shade by the pool… πŸ˜€
    lotsa ice tea and bottled water
    be careful out there

    You do the same~there’s no pool, but I have plenty ‘o water and iced sweet tea πŸ˜‰

  3. deep breath taken for you!!! i’ll blow real hard too. maybe you can feel the cool breeze?!?!? oh, i can hardly wait for the sweltering heat. i’m definately a summer girl! enjoy. but stay cool and don’t forget, plenty of fluids!

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