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Friday, April 18, 2008

But It's a Dry Heat!

This post here goes out to anyone who looks at Phoenix's temperature and states... "that's not bad, at least it's a dry heat" and actually believes that. You know what else is a dry heat?

This thing:

Try sticking your head in there for awhile, sure doesn't feel good does it?

There are a lot of things to compare here, namely, why do people feel this way? Sure, when it's 95 and 100% humidity, that feels absolutely horrible, I know, I spent a week in Maine about 10 years ago during a major heatwave, it was not exactly pleasant. The problem with this is that we are comparing apples to oranges. There is a reason it's a dry heat, there is so much sun beating down on Earth that it drys up the air making humidity impossible. Now, not everyone can imagine how this feels. What you will need to do is imagine all the moisture in your skin evaporating, to do this, try taking a hair dryer on full power and aim it at your arm from about a foot or so up, Ahh, our great August wind.

Now, a lot of people also have this idea that Phoenix never gets rain. That's only partially true, every fall, we have our monsoon season. To anyone that has not had the pleasure to be here for one of these, let me explain. The wind shifts from S->N to N->S, bringing cool air down with it, and cool air and warm air, they don't like eachother, so the moisture from the cool air will begin to form to clouds which will hang out, outside of Phoenix, but never actually making their way into Phoenix, due to the heat rising off of the concrete and asphault in the heat island. Eventually, the city will start to cool at night and these massive clouds will start rolling into town. The thunderstorms don't usually last very long, but they are very powerful, and usually preceded by some very fun duststorms.

My favorite part of the heat, above all else, is that whenever you feel like you want to escape it, you can always just into a pool, as most homes in the Phoenix area will have them. The only problem, pool temperatures are usually the same as the air temp during the night, putting your relaxing pool at a refreshing bath-water temp of 85-95 degrees.

Anyone else have some complaints about their cities?