And Now, The Weather

Update:  Accuweather reports that the humidity has dropped into the twenties, but it’s now an infernal 103 degrees.  Whew.  I guess things dry up when you’re in a danged kiln…..

Update II:  It’s after 9:30 pm, and it’s “down” to 94, but with humidity up to 34%…  six of one, and all.  If I couldn’t make a fried egg on my computer, I could whip up a coddled one in about 10 seconds.  Now I know why the PTB decided, for narrative purposes, that Hell would be hot.  I can deal with cold.  There are furs for that.  This is something else entirely.

(Monday afternoon at CHNN weather bureau, below)

It’s 100 degrees in Portland at the moment, and more dreadfully, the humidity is like nothing I’ve ever experienced, as high as 50%, in my whole life here. (Accuweather, evidently not so aptly named,  predicted between 40% and 84% in the Oregonian this morning, as though the two were mere rounding errors…)  

We’re set to easily smash records set in 1965, when my mother was at Emanuel Hospital, giving birth to my little brother, Turd, 44 years ago tomorrow.  (We’ll be the same age for eight days…)  Luckily, he was born with a hole in his head, and during the extended stay that resulted, they let Mom visit him in the air-conditioned nursery a lot.  Her private room, a luxury at the time, and probably the last one my Heelish Dad ever bought her, lacked that amenity.   The Turd turned out fine, though, and now has only a small, oval-shaped bald spot to show for it, while the rest of us kids all ended up having many more significant quirks, despite our seemingly intact heads early on.  Wish him well in comments, if you’re inclined.  (or email him at  His real name is Ted.

Temperatures are expected to increase even more tomorrow and Wednesday, accompanied by pollution warnings… quelle surprise.  The two are invariably treated as though they were unrelated, natch.  I was working in a basement today, (yeah!) installing tile (boo!) so I didn’t suffer too much, but what the hell does a person do when it’s 105, as it’s expected to be by Wednesday, and 50% humidity, as it was Sunday, besides suffer?  I expect my productivity to be sorely compromised.  The good news, though, is that since we started running around conquering previously unfamiliar countries willy-nilly, I’ve learned a few old-fashioned coping mechanisms, in this case from the Iraqis, who, I heard, sleep on the roof when home has become a little slice of un-air-conditioned Hell.  Turns out that the Hag veranda makes a very fine sleeping porch, I’ve found.  And so far, no drones or Blackwater contractors are bombing Park Avenue, to boot.  That could change of course, if Cheney had his way, but in the meantime  I’ve figured out a way to laugh at global warming, and not toss and turn in a puddle of sweat, at the same time.

More weather news later on this CHNN station, and on CHNN News overnight.


  1. bystander says:

    Happy number 44, Ted. And, many, many more.

    Chin up, Hag. Surely that weather front will drift eastward. Ought to be in Colorado soon… I’ll enjoy our current 70 degrees until then, and happily send it on to Chicago. ;-)

  2. heru-ur says:

    NYC may miss 90°F for second time in history, so move to New York City.

    Maybe Cincinnati?

    “How about this? We typically hit 90 degrees 8 times in July in Cincinnati. This month we will not reach 90 once! Beyond that, we haven’t even reached a “normal” high this month, and we will not do so before the end of the month. We have had 5 days with October level readings (highs in the 60s to low 70s), and there were 3 days with record cold high temperatures…so far.” — Meteorologist Rich Apuzzo

    Go east to Michigan young man!

    Cool summer disappoints tourists, delays crops

    By JOHN FLESHER (AP) – 3 days ago

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Towels draped over their heads, Lisa Hendrix and Jennifer Webster lounged on a sparsely populated Lake Michigan beach Friday as raindrops trickled from a gloomy sky.

    It’s been that kind of a summer in northern Michigan, and across much of the Midwest and East Coast.

    “We’re going to a wedding tomorrow and were hoping to get a little suntan,” Webster said. “No luck.”

    Temperatures have been well below normal. Sunshine often has been in short supply and rain has fallen at inopportune times. It’s resulted in crops ripening slowly and some tourist havens — already dealing with a sour economy — taking an extra hit.

    “There’s more griping about the weather than we’ve seen in recent memory,” said Norris Clark, marketing director for Morey’s Piers, an amusement complex in Wildwood, N.J., where low temperatures and excessive rain have cut revenues by about 4 percent from last year.

    “We’re changing our advertising to talk about the heated pools in our water parks,” Clark said.

    Average temperatures in Illinois are about 6 degrees below normal, he said. If current patterns continue, the summer could be among the five coolest on record. July averages in northern Michigan have been 5 to 8 degrees below normal, said forecaster Jim Keysor of the National Weather Service office in Gaylord.

    PEORIA — That is the ticket!

    Late July heat usually has swimmers lining up to dive into the pool, but this year record-breaking cool weather is in the way.

    Lakeview Aquatic Center saw low pool attendance Wednesday, a trend many area pools have seen all month. About a dozen people were in the water a half an hour after Lakeview opened.

    “It’s been a downer,” said lifeguard Jenny Birdoes, 19, of Peoria. “It’s like watching a bucket of water. It goes pretty slow.”

    Attendance at park district pools is down 55 percent so far in July, said Sue Wheeler, supervisor of aquatics for the Peoria Park District. And it is down 40 percent for the entire summer.

    These stories are world wide over the last few years. It is because the world temps stopped going up in ’98 even with the rigged temp stations all being on airport runways.

    I lost more than half of my foxtail palms last winter. Here in Orlando! Day time highs should be high 90s at least this time of year and are only making it up to 90 or so.

    • cocktailhag says:

      Listen, Heru… I’m the last one to equate weather and climate, but I have almost 45 years of experience with the weather here, and it’s done nothing but get hotter. And the humidity, which I’ve never experienced, is something entirely new. You can cite all the aberrant data you want from other places, but I know what I know. From the bark beetles devastating our forests, to the record low snowpacks affecting our water supplies, this stuff is new, and I see it every day.
      Besides, what deniers like yourself also like to point out, record cold, is just a part of drastically changing weather patterns resulting from humans f*cking up the climate. To what other variable would you point? We had a devastating snowstorm here last winter, also not seen since the 60′s, which clobbered a few of the myriad plants, heretofore unhardy here, which I’ve been planting for 20 years…. The funny, and scary, part isn’t that some died, but that many, most, of them lived, because they were able to establish themselves during an “unusual” 20-year warm spell. We’ve moved upward at least two climate zones, just during my career. You can lead a horticulture, and all that. The Sunset Garden Book doesn’t lie.
      I have no doubt that your pals at API could point you to many other unusual cold snaps, but I join the rest of the reality based community in saying, “BS.”

      • heru-ur says:

        25 Jul 09 – “First, some stats: 1,044 daily record low temperatures have been broken this month nationwide according to NCDC — count record “low highs” and the number increases to 2,925, surely to pass 3,000 before the end of the month.

        “The period of July 17-20 was the worst, with over 1,600 stations breaking records. It’s worth noting that these stats include all records across the nation. An unusually cold July is happening over a large portion of the U.S., especially the Northeast quadrant (yes, it’s been unusually hot in the SW).

        I have no “pals” at API and had to google it. At first I thought you meant application programming interface.

        Hag, I really think using “denier” is uncalled for. I have followed the science for decades and we are going to have another ice age; not fry to death. It takes a lot of “denying” to believe in the religion “man made global warming”.

        Tell you what, someday when you have nothing better to do; I’ll debate you point by point on the issue. But, let do it someplace quiet where “showing off” is not part of it.

        Or not. No real big deal to me. I hope you live another 20 years; cause then you will know it was a fraud.

        As a tease, tell me why everyone wants to start the measurements from the very end of the little ice age rather than the end of the Medieval Climate Optimum. Just a coincidence?

        • cocktailhag says:

          It clearly isn’t worth arguing about this with you; I may as well be arguing with Sen. Inhofe, who is a wholly owned subsidiary of API, just like most of the “scientists” on his little list. I suppose Russia is trying to control the Arctic sea lanes, soon to be free of ice much of the year, just because they’re “religious,” too. And surely you understand that ice reflects heat, while water absorbs it, making another ice age quite unlikely….
          No, the Bush Administration hid all those satellite photos showing the drastic reductions in ice only because they liked to hide things.

          • heru-ur says:

            Well, just calling me names and saying that I am a tool for big corporations may seem like a tight argument to you, but I doubt you would accept that sort of thing from others.

            I put just a couple of things on my blog just for you. Take a read. And as you read it, remember that I have read the real science and the fake science for over 30 years — unpaid for by any corporation. My best guess is that the Sun is a slightly variable star.

            One more thing. Look up the medieval climate optimum and tell me why that period of much higher global temperatures did not destroy mankind.

          • cocktailhag says:

            I called you no names. But despite all your study, you’ve landed on the side of oil, coal, and the stupidest and most corrupt Republicans in the congress, along with some of the lamest shills in the Bush Administration.. For most people, that’s a red flag. Not very good scientific company, or personal company, for that matter. Did you see the satellite pictures Bush suppressed of sea ice near Barrow, Alaska, comparing 2006 and 2007?
            I don’t think being a “denier” is a pejorative; I proudly wear that label when it comes to religion, creationism, and many other things I think are cuckoo, especially when embracing them hurts others.

  3. BobV says:

    Happy 44 Turd!

    It’s a balmy 92F in here Seattle, but it’s 99F in my living room. Good thing I have a bathtub.

    In case you’re wondering, I’ve lately been applying copious supplemental hand watering of the garden.

    Stay cool!

    • cocktailhag says:

      Even with the fan running? Open the dining room doors, and that window immediately to the left of the living room doors, which acts as a wind scoop, I noticed. I just took my fourth cold shower of the day, but I don’t really know how to take a bath. Last time I took one someone gave it to me, and worse, it was a housekeeper.
      Glad you’re watering, Bob; the plants, given water, actually love the heat…. Could you do me a favor and not get shot until the heat subsides?
      Any tomatoes yet?

  4. PDA says:

    I’m switching to Celsius… it makes the dramatic swings of Boston temperature seem more mild. It’s a muggy 27 at 11 am, with a predicted high of 32 (which is rivers-of-ball-sweat Fahrenheit) by mid-day.

    • cocktailhag says:

      I like fahrenheit better; I find that I’m able to detect minor gradations of temperature, click on Accuweather, and call the # on the button. Today is supposed to be 105, but I’m guessing 106…
      It’s a coping mechanism; turning a heat wave into a parlor game….

      • PDA says:

        I’m actually pretty good at that on the low end. I can tell a fifteen-degree (°F) morning from a seventeen-degree morning within a couple steps outside the door. My body is incapable of determining any level of variation once it passes the doing-nothing-makes-me-sweaty threshold, though.

        • cocktailhag says:

          I’m somewhat less sensitive at the low end, because here they never get very extreme, this year being a notable exception, and even then mid-teens were quite remarkable. It’s the highs I notice, because the one thing you live on the west coast for is nice summers, and they almost always are. Except now. I’m sitting by a fan that feels like an unusually powerful space heater. Two more days, they say….

  5. retzilian says:

    Believe it or not, the much maligned Cleveland is having a very temperate, lovely summer. June was chilly and wet, but July has been paradise – temps in the 70s, low 80s tops, clear skies, the lake is calm, almost no annoying bugs, and no need to run the A/C at all.

    Come to Cleveland, it’s absolutely perfect.

    • cocktailhag says:

      The current prediction is that we will be down to the comparatively tolerable 90′s before the weekend…. If not, I’m considering all options.

      • AZ is not an option. Trust me.

        • cocktailhag says:

          I never considered it. But at least it’s not humid; and doesn’t the desert cool off at night a bit?

          • During the monsoon (Roughly mid-July to the end of August) humidity jumps from around 12-15% to the 50% range, and although there are thunderstorms most afternoons, they’re very localized. It may rain five miles away every day, and you’ll never get a drop. On the other hand, if you’re under one, you could easily get three inches of rain dumped on you in an hour. Corporal Hicks might call it a dry heat, but nobody else would.

            In my neck of the woods, 105 during the day means 75 at night — there’s a thirty degree drop, more or less, unless there’s cloud cover. In Phoenix – el infierno sin llamas – it’s more like twenty degrees, i.e. 115-95. One tends to either a) pay $1000 a month for electricity, or b) sleep in two inches of water in the spa. As long as you lay off the chardonnay, you’re generally safe that way from both heatstroke and drowning. Not always, but generally.

  6. cocktailhag says:

    Fortunately, we usually only have about two episodes like this, lasting about a week, each summer, and when I was a kid, people just dealt with it. Over the years, air conditioning has become practically universal, and now the talk is about the overloaded grid. I’m sure all that hot air pumping out of every house and car only makes the larger problem worse, just like air-conditioning the subways turned the platforms into something from Dante. Looking out over the city, I can dimly perceive Mt Hood through a sky more whitish-yellow than blue. Reminds me of LA….
    She swallowed the spider to catch the fly, and all that.

  7. BobV says:

    Wouldn’t it be fun to have a little blackout atop the heat wave? That certainly would make for a memorable summer.

    Yep, even with the fan running at full tilt and all windows open. Tomatoes are happy, but only a few cherry tomatoes are ready for harvest.

    • cocktailhag says:

      Better get them before those winged freeloaders do…. There actually were a few blackouts down here, but only in outlying areas; PGE/Enron is smarter than that, no?

  8. Meremark says:

    Science: What we got here is a failure to communicate, by The Editorial Board, July 13, 2009.

    At the worst possible time, a gulf of misunderstanding widens between the nation’s scientists and ordinary Americans

    They don’t talk.

    We don’t listen.

    And that pretty much sums up the relationship between scientists and the rest of us.

    A new national survey has found a large and disturbing gap between what scientists think about climate change, evolution and scientific progress, and the views of ordinary Americans. That fissure isn’t new, of course, but at a time when the world is grappling with one of the most complex scientific challenges ever — climate change — it’s never been more important to close that gap.

    The survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest scientific organization, discovered that scientists and the public are far apart on key issues. For example:

    While almost all the scientists surveyed accept that human activity, primarily the burning of fossil fuels, is causing global warming, only half the public agree that people are behind climate change. Eleven percent do not even agree there is warming.

    Ninety-eight percent of the scientists say human beings evolved by natural processes. But fully a third of the public say that human beings have existed in their current form since the beginning of time.

    There’s even a strong difference of opinion about the value of scientific research. Only 17 percent of the public agrees that American research leads the world. And the proportion of the public that names scientific advances as among the nation’s top achievements has dropped to 27 percent, from nearly 50 percent a decade ago.

    These findings ought to sound alarm bells at research universities all over the country. They suggest a serious disconnect between scientists and the public at a time when it is essential that ….


    World Will Warm Faster Than Predicted in Next Five Years, Study Warns, by Duncan Clark, The Guardian/UK, July 27, 2009

    New estimate based on the forthcoming upturn in solar activity and El Niño southern oscillation cycles is expected to silence global warming sceptics

    The world faces a new period of record-breaking temperatures as the sun’s activity increases, leading the planet to heat up significantly faster than scientists had predicted over the next five years, according to a new study.

    The hottest year on record was 1998, and the relatively cool years since have led to some global-warming sceptics claiming that temperatures have levelled off or started to decline. However, the new research firmly rejects that argument.

    The work is the first to assess the combined impact on global temperature of four factors: human influences such as CO2 and aerosol emissions; heating from the sun; volcanic activity; and the El Niño southern oscillation, the phenomenon by which the Pacific Ocean flips between warmer and cooler states every few years.

    It shows that the relative stability in global temperatures observed in the last seven years is explained primarily by the decline in incoming sunlight associated with the downward phase of the 11-year solar cycle, together with a lack of strong El Niño events. These trends have masked the warming caused by CO2 and other greenhouse gases.

    As solar activity picks up again in the coming years, the new research suggests, temperatures will shoot up at 150% of the rate predicted by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

    The research, to be published in a forthcoming edition of Geophysical Research Letters, was carried out by Judith Lean of the US Naval Research Laboratory and David Rind of Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Lean said: “Our paper shows that the absence of warming observed in the last decade is no evidence that the climate isn’t responding to man-made greenhouse gases. On the contrary, the study again confirms that we’re seeing a long-term warming trend driven by human activity, with natural factors affecting the precise shape of that temperature rise.”

    Lean and Rind’s research also sheds light on the extreme average temperature observed in 1998. The new paper confirms that the temperature spike of that year was caused primarily by a very strong El Niño episode. A similar episode occurring in the future could be expected to create a spike of equivalent magnitude on top of an even higher baseline, thus shattering the 1998 record.

    Furthermore, …

    Who you gonna believe — your sweaty carcass, or desperate politician LIARS4VOTES?

  9. Meremark says:

    CH, by my calculations we have the same birthday. Different years. (The day after Obama’s.)

    Which (for me) solves a musing mystery that’s been going on since I’ve been coming here.
    Namely: Why am I here?

    The entire attraction is your way with words the same way I think. That, and you’re a good speller. As much as you execrate Etta, and yet emulate her right down to the full-size hair rollers, still your grammar is good. Too.

    I peeked at your astrology chart. Your Moon is in Cancer as you likely knew, (being born 2 days before New Moon), and the combination develops a refined raconteur, let’s say.

    Other characteristics are also elegant, fabulous. Your finances are favored especially this year.

    This annum completes my (first?) Chinese ‘cycle’ — each of the 12 beasts of each of the 5 elements. This year is (and mine was) earth ox. Your year was wood dragon.

    Et cetera

    • cocktailhag says:

      Well, I always appreciate your comments, Meremark. For the record, I was born on August 5, 1964; a Gulf of Tonkin baby. As for the writing, I think it comes from all the reading. The summer I turned 4, I was with my mother at the PSU library, where she was studying to get her teaching certificate removed, and from across the room she heard and indignant little voice say to the librarian, “What do you mean you don’t have any children’s books?”

  10. Meremark says:

    Same day.

    Nearly August 4th: Obama’s (1961). Missed it by || this much. Quelle mirable, Michelle O.’s is Jan. 17, exact the same as ‘my’ lovely Lovey. These years, we feel ‘arrived.’

    … the long and winding trail.

    Come along boys and listen to my tell
    I’ll tell you about my troubles on the old Chisholm Trail
    Come a’ ty yi yippy yi yippy yi-yay
    come a ty yi yippy yi-yay

    Well the days are hot and the nights are cold
    This cowboy life is gettin’ mighty old
    Come a’ ty yi yippy yi yippy yi-yay
    come a ty yi yippy yi-yay