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Sat Jul 7, 2012, 05:35 PM

At 105, D.C. closes in on all-time heat record

Source: Washington Post

It has been truly exceptional, said Chris Vaccaro, a spokesman for the National Weather Service. The high by 3:35 was 105 degrees at Reagan National Airport.

That breaks the previous record for this date, 102 in 2010, and this is only the 5th time on record that the temperature has hit 105 in DC. The all-time record is 106 degrees.

We continue our record-setting stretch of days at or above 95 degrees, Vaccaro said. Today is the tenth consecutive day, and tomorrow will likely be the eleventh, he said.

We made a quick run for the for the triple-digit mark: The temperature hit 100 degrees before noon, he said. It will be triple digits all afternoon and into the early evening hours. . .

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/regional



We're not alone, I know. Ran errands this morning and staying in like everyone else today, in the (thankfully) up and running air conditioning. For now.

Only one man could possibly describe how hot it is today.



It was so hot today that Burger King was singing, "if you want it your way, cook it yourself."

It was so hot today I saw a robin dipping his worm in Nestea.

It was so hot, musicians were snorting ice cubes.

It's so hot, your Odor Eaters have sent up a white flag.

Its so hot I saw two trees fighting over a dog.

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Reply At 105, D.C. closes in on all-time heat record (Original post)
Faygo Kid Jul 2012 OP
Comrade Grumpy Jul 2012 #1
sofa king Jul 2012 #4
BlueToTheBone Jul 2012 #43
Ghost Dog Jul 2012 #2
Fuddnik Jul 2012 #3
Faygo Kid Jul 2012 #6
sofa king Jul 2012 #8
L0oniX Jul 2012 #45
Spitfire of ATJ Jul 2012 #5
obxhead Jul 2012 #7
awoke_in_2003 Jul 2012 #24
obxhead Jul 2012 #33
riderinthestorm Jul 2012 #30
obxhead Jul 2012 #34
riderinthestorm Jul 2012 #39
Marrah_G Jul 2012 #40
riderinthestorm Jul 2012 #42
Marrah_G Jul 2012 #44
wordpix Jul 2012 #9
cyberswede Jul 2012 #10
crimson77 Jul 2012 #11
primavera Jul 2012 #12
Liberal_Stalwart71 Jul 2012 #13
Samantha Jul 2012 #31
Liberal_Stalwart71 Jul 2012 #49
tclambert Jul 2012 #14
Historic NY Jul 2012 #15
frazzled Jul 2012 #16
Rhiannon12866 Jul 2012 #17
LittleGirl Jul 2012 #18
emilyg Jul 2012 #19
onehandle Jul 2012 #20
We are Devo Jul 2012 #21
bloomington-lib Jul 2012 #22
wordpix Jul 2012 #41
Hissyspit Jul 2012 #23
wordpix Jul 2012 #29
obxhead Jul 2012 #35
sofa king Jul 2012 #38
BREMPRO Jul 2012 #25
DocMac Jul 2012 #26
Louisiana1976 Jul 2012 #27
DocMac Jul 2012 #28
Ter Jul 2012 #32
obxhead Jul 2012 #36
Faygo Kid Jul 2012 #37
wordpix Jul 2012 #46
obxhead Jul 2012 #47
felix_numinous Jul 2012 #48

Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 05:42 PM

1. And high humidity, too, no doubt. Or maybe not--that would be a pleasant break.

 

I used to live in DC. It was absolutely unbearable in the summer, and I never saw anything like 105.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #1)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 05:55 PM

4. Oddly enough, only 40% right now...

with a humidity high of 79% at some point in the day, maybe this morning... according to Weather Underground:

http://www.wunderground.com/weatherstation/WXDailyHistory.asp?ID=KDCWASHI18

(not a terrorist website)

All day I've been hearing people complain about the heat, while I was saying to myself, "back in the Swamp a day like this is nothing." Of course, it's at least five deg. F cooler here, too.

Still, I'd count myself lucky that the humidity was not in its usual 80-100% range. There were days where I wished I had gills.

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Response to sofa king (Reply #4)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 01:12 PM

43. I was trying to explain to my west coast beloved

that you have to learn to just ooze into the heat. If you fight it, you'll be more uncomfortable. Also, move from shade to shade outside. He was also astounded that there was such a temperature as zero!

Before we moved here, I was just explaining it as 4 season weather!

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 05:43 PM

2. 105F == 40.5C

 

So we all understand.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 05:47 PM

3. A high of 89 in "too hot in the summer, Tampa Florida" today.

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Response to Fuddnik (Reply #3)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 06:03 PM

6. That's where my daughter lives.

Think of it - July in Tampa as a place to cool off.

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Response to Fuddnik (Reply #3)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 06:13 PM

8. Highest temperature in India: 102F

Highest temperature in Ecuador: 88F

Highest temperature in Libya: Tripoli, 104F

Highest temperature in Afghanistan: Khandahar, 107F

Highest temperature in Vietnam: 94F

Highest temperature in Brazil: 96F

Highest temperature in Mexico: Piedras Negras, 106F

I guess DC was right up there with the best of them, today.

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Response to Fuddnik (Reply #3)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 02:20 PM

45. I have no problem with St. Pete 92 this afternoon ...glad I moved here back in 1983.

 

I might not mow the lawn until the evening but other than that I haven't ever had a problem with the temps here.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 06:01 PM

5. They should escourt all the global warming denyers out a side door

 

which makes them have to walk around the building in the heat and keep repeating that until they admit it's hot outside.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 06:12 PM

7. I've been working outside in it for the last 2 weeks

 

at a golf course in Dumfries. It's been horrible. Extreme humidity in the morning gives way to extreme heat and still bad humidity by noon. You don't get used to it, you just get used to sweating a lot.

When the heat wave breaks Monday and we see a high of 84 I'm gonna need to break out the parka.

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Response to obxhead (Reply #7)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 08:28 PM

24. We have something blowing through...

 

DFW. I just came back from a smoke break- 78 deg. I almost caught pneumonia

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #24)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 02:53 AM

33. Yeah

 

I feel it outside too. It's not here just yet, but it's cooler outside than it has been for what feels like forever. Tomorrow will still suck, but relief is on the way I think. Hopefully it lasts for a little while.

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Response to obxhead (Reply #7)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 12:44 AM

30. Me too. I'm exhausted. Heat finally broke about 3 hours ago but I'm in such a stupor

 

I stumbled around opening windows and turning off the A/C. My well went out about 10 days ago and its been a water nightmare for us ever since (I have 40 horses). The well guy finally arrived today and replaced the pump but we've been slogging water from the neighbor in such quantities that that task alone has driven me crazy.

I usually take Sundays off and I plan to sleep for most of it.

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Response to riderinthestorm (Reply #30)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 02:57 AM

34. WOW!

 

I've replaced well pumps before. They only seem to break at the worst possible time, but the job is not too tough.

40 horses though #%@&, I would have 2 pumps sitting on the shelf just in case. Just keeping the tiny garden moist has been a challenge. Hell, I would have a second well dug as well I think!

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Response to obxhead (Reply #34)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 11:17 AM

39. Our area well repair guy was gone for the July 4th holiday without any backup.

 

Pretty unusual for him and of course major equipment malfunctions always seem to happen like that.

Our neighbor lives close enough we could run hoses from two of their hydrants, and we have a large portable water tank we usually use to keep the dust down in the arenas. I can't imagine how hard this would have been if we hadn't been able to access any water during this. We've been to the local pool daily to shower and clean up each night which actually turned into a good family ritual for all of us together. It was a calming end to the day (even if my hair's a little green from the chlorine!).

The bright spot in all of this was that I pretty much gave up cooking so I've had a lovely run of restaurants and take-out.

I'm pretty sure that losing electricity would be tons worse. No A/C would have been unendurable. When I hear the stories of those without power I don't feel too bad.

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Response to riderinthestorm (Reply #30)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 12:34 PM

40. Wow, scary

Are your horses okay?

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Response to Marrah_G (Reply #40)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 01:09 PM

42. Yup, we're all fine. So are the horses. We have excellent back-up plans for stuff like this

 

so everyone knows what to do. I've never had to go this long before since my well guy usually gets out here very fast. It was just the perfect storm of intense heat and the July 4th holiday.

My neighbor's two horse barns are within 100 feet of two (out of 3) of our own barns. So we simply ran hoses from her place to ours and used the water truck for the third barn. Instead of using the wash rack, people hosed their horses where the water was. Bathrooms were probably the biggest problem with having to use buckets to "flush" but not insurmountable.

You have to keep a sense of humour when stuff like this happens. "Shit happens" is my mantra (literally and figuratively).

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Response to riderinthestorm (Reply #42)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 01:23 PM

44. I'm glad all of you are doing well

It's a great thing to hear about neighbors helping neighbors. Every time I hear something like that it renews my hope for humanity

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 06:34 PM

9. but dew point is 69% & heat index at 6:30 pm is 108F

It is BLISTERING hot in DC. Seriously, do not let the elderly or frail go out for anything more than a short walk from door to (cool) car to A/C cooled bldg.

Wunderground says wind will shift from WSW to NW so that will cool things and hopefully we'll get some rain, too.

The green leaves on branches that cracked off in last week's storm dried up and browned in a day or two.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 06:50 PM

10. It's 104 here at 5:50 p.m.

I'm in SE Iowa. The air almost hurts your skin when you step outside.

My laundry is drying really quickly on the line, though.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 06:55 PM

11. D.C in the summer is absolutley unbearable.

 

Boston is nice right now, mid-80's is my sweet spot.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 07:08 PM

12. Good thing global warming is just a hoax

I'd be worried otherwise. Oh well, no doubt Republican legislators will simply pass a bill outlawing temperatures from rising above a certain level and that will take care of the problem.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 07:13 PM

13. It's now 106 degrees in the D.C. area!!!

 

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Response to Liberal_Stalwart71 (Reply #13)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 01:23 AM

31. Yes, Verizon weather posted 106 this evening

and it was a Code Red (unhealthy air). Tomorrow will not be quite as hot, but severe storms with gusts of high wind are predicted. I pray the air conditioning/power stays on.

Sam

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Response to Samantha (Reply #31)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 04:33 PM

49. Good news: Rain is coming! :) Bad news: The Nats lost! :(

 

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 07:22 PM

14. Sen. Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) is staggering around DC in a parka muttering, "Damn Al Gore!

It's not hot. It's not. It's just an Al Gore conspiracy I tell ya. Whoa, I think I'm gonna throw up."

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 07:24 PM

15. So how hot was is?

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 07:34 PM

16. It was 105 in Chicago Friday

We've had three consecutive days over 100 (and plenty in the very high 90s). Though it's not a record. I'm frankly surprised D.C. broke a record with 105.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 07:34 PM

17. When I was in school, I worked outside every summer...

I just can't imagine doing it now...

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 07:43 PM

18. 104 in Indy with 37% humidity=107

it's a dry heat, just like phoenix (no clouds to speak of either).

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 07:47 PM

19. Funny - I stole them for email.

 

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 07:47 PM

20. Perfectly normal. nt

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 07:48 PM

21. Ugh! No way

My ideal temp is 65-75 degrees. I would have heat stroke back east. I live in L.A. now, hope to move to Oregon some day.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 07:50 PM

22. I'm starting to get used to 100+

Next week in the 80s as highs and 60s for lows will seem kinda chilly.

I don't see how the plants and animals do it though. Every afternoon the plants wilt and the animals hide from the sun. I haven't seen a squirrel in 2 weeks.

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Response to bloomington-lib (Reply #22)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 12:41 PM

41. I saw some squirrels in DC ---very skinny

Don't know what they eat before the nuts are ready but maybe they can't find water, stream levels are really low in DC

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 08:23 PM

23. Where are all the right-wing D.C. blabbermouths who mock climate change every

time there is a blizzard?

Yeah, like Inhofe.

Hypocrites.

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Response to Hissyspit (Reply #23)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 12:26 AM

29. they're up north or in home states, raking in their million$ for their next election or Rmoney's



Up to no good, anyhow

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Response to Hissyspit (Reply #23)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 03:00 AM

35. Sitting in the AC playing online poker.

 

That would be my guess.

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Response to Hissyspit (Reply #23)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 11:10 AM

38. A Member of Congress need never see daylight.

They can go downstairs from their federally-provided housing to an interconnected network of underground tunnels which will allow them to emerge inside the House offices, the Senate offices, the Supreme Court, the Capitol, the Library of Congress, and even the White House and Federal Triangle, all without ever stepping outside. They have three exclusive-use subway systems, or one can walk miles underground through filtered, climate-controlled air.

I'm pretty sure there are a few Members of Congress who have no idea at all how hot it was.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 08:35 PM

25. ouch! that's hot!! this is the time i love being in Maine!

Winter can be cold (this winter was nothing though) but we make up for it in the summer- it's beautiful here now mid to upper 70's this week..

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 08:46 PM

26. It's so hot,

the trees are whistling for dogs.


I posted this the other day. No lol's...nada. It's funny, no?

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Response to DocMac (Reply #26)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 08:56 PM

27. ...

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Response to Louisiana1976 (Reply #27)

Sat Jul 7, 2012, 09:00 PM

28. hahahaha

Thanks. I was beginning to wonder what was funny these days.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 01:46 AM

32. Meh, I love it

 

Cold weather sucks.

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Response to Ter (Reply #32)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 03:02 AM

36. Well then.....

 

You can just roll right on up here, pack it up in a box, and take it home. I'll even chip in for the gas.

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Response to Ter (Reply #32)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 10:52 AM

37. Three weeks to northwest lower Michigan.

Less than three years to semi-retirement there. Cool lake breezes. Can't wait.

No place I have ever visited more beautiful. Salzburg, Austria was close. But this is better than New England. And cold weather will be hard to find in coming years.

http://www.lelandmi.com/

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 03:05 PM

46. Sun. 7/8, 3 pm, 102 F

Man it is HOT

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Response to wordpix (Reply #46)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 03:18 PM

47. It breaks for us tonight.

 

If the forecasts are somewhat correct we're in for a pleasant 7 days ahead of us. 85 is going to feel like early spring compared to the heat we've had for the last 2 weeks.

Gonna be real hard to not call out of work on Thursday with a high of 74. Would be nice to hit a few golf balls instead of maintaining the course for once.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 03:21 PM

48. Try wearing a wet scarf around your neck

as it evaporates, it is cool. It cools down the major arteries of the neck and shoulders, and let the rest of the cool scarf hang down the front of your body. I don't care that my shirt is wet. I just keep wetting it, and it helps a lot Cotton or rayon is best, especially gauze material.

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