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Heat index

this weekend heat index well over 100f over many areas of the country.

Unfortunately, just too hot to ride... period.

At my (rapidly advancing) age, I'm deferring all riding and outdoor work, rather restricting activities to indoors AC.

You? Be careful out there, folks.

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Yeah, drink lots. And don't forget electrolytes!
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Deer in my neighbors back yard and in my backwoods, obviously seeking water, we put a small container out there for them.

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I get overheated enough during the work week. Today was just a lazy day for me.
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Come down to Florida...it's a lot cooler!
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Come down to Florida...it's a lot cooler!
No longer...heat wave passed, such perfect weather justified a non-rushed, relaxing ride this mid morning. This beach overlook (Long Island Sound in the distance) part of my local North Shore run, recently I've been parking and walking the beach below for exercise and peace. Massive tidal areas exposed at low tide...wildlife rampant. Very relaxing.

Back home to yardwork, housework, etc etc.
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Going to be the hottest day on record here today...so we are informed....temps of 39C, maybe a touch over.
Just been outside, the heat hit's you hard, checked the thermometer in the shed, 32.5C.
Staying in, the cat is having an ice cube, and I'm having a Vimto freezey....to bloody hot to gear up and go riding.

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Lucky you guys...for now! (I'll remind you all during the winter!)

I have one more week left of summer vacation as teacher's report next Friday. I actually dislike this time of year for having summer vacation as, here in Florida it's so freakin' hot (I'm used to it now) but...it's also always raining.

We've had this since yesterday:

***Bad picture, didn't show the rain mass hovering over the entire state!!! It's 5:30 pm and the rain sun came out about an hour ago. Since the time I woke up (6:00am) it, literally, has not stopped raining! Yesterday, today and tomorrow.

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On Tuesday, I was in West Yarmouth on Cape Cod, under a house, in a 20" crawlspace, when the wind whipped up so hard it sounded like a freight train was coming. I knew we were under tornado watch so I started weighing the options. You're usually safer in a basement but that's no comfort when you're on your belly and the floor is inches over your head. I slithered towards the bulkhead and as I got near the wind died down. I was considering making a run for it when BAM! the wind hit even harder. The trees were rocking hard an the branches were moving in circles.

Turns out two tornadoes touched down in the area. Less than two miles away, a motel had it's roof ripped off, all the roof and ceiling framing, leaving a bunch of rooms exposed. Amazingly, there were no injuries.
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Video off that roof being torn off.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cbs...etts-cape-cod/
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Wow, roof folded off like a piece of paper. I wouldn't want to be in any of those rooms in that thing......gulp. Amazing no injuries!

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That's a whole lotta roof to go flying through the air like that. It's a miracle none of the people inside got hurt. At this time of year those hotels are pretty well booked. All I know is, after I got out from that crawlspace it took me a good 20 minutes to calm down. I can't imagine what those people felt like.
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Video off that roof being torn off.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cbs...etts-cape-cod/

Wow!!! We get some bad storms here and the occasional hurricanes but thank goodness any tornado here is normally more of a water spout and pretty harmless.
Glad you're alright!
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Been in the 100s most of this week. At least it's a dry heat
Mornings have been crisp and the ride to work either pedal or moto has been wonderful. The ride home....not so much.



Yesterday I pedaled home around 4:00 PM. It took me right at 26 minutes and in that time, the water in my water bottle got scorching hot. Hot to the touch on the outside of the bottle. I haven't had that happen but a few times in all the years I've pedaled here.



It hasn't been intolerable but definitely hydration is a real priority. It is for me anyway because of how often I pedal and how warm it gets. My normal hydration routine just added a couple of extra 30 oz bottles to it. That puts me at somewhere around 200 oz per day now. 3 of which have electrolyte added to the 30 oz bottle.


Otherwise, it's been gorgeous for July here. Even the fires have stayed away for the most part this year....only one or two local ones that were contained pretty quickly. Still have a few more months of fire season but here's to hoping that's all we get for the year..........sean


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Crikey, K-woppa!
Years ago, I spent Hurricane Andrew huddled in a hallway listening to our roof bounce up and down. No fun. Glad all is well.

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Yesterday was 103.
It looked like this:

Today was more like 85 but there was like a 25 mph wind. Gusts to over 30. Stopped me dead in my tracks on my pedal home. I kid you not. Still....it looked like the picture above...only with wind. Sky's clear and visibility is 10 plus miles.......got my kid's Blazer in the shot too.....sean


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I can deal with heat, but wind I abhor. Hate. It.

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I can deal with heat, but wind I abhor. Hate. It.
You wouldn't want to do what I do, then. On Cape Cod, the summer is usually really nice, (except for the rare tornado) but the hurricane season runs from late August- late September. Then, about late October, a stiff wind comes in off the ocean and stays until late April. Working construction, as I do, it gets downright unpleasant. There have been times where I've had to pause my work because the wind has whipped sand into my face and there's dirt in my eyes.

Some years back, I did a lot of interior finish work in a contemporary styled house near the edge of a cliff on Chappaquidick Island, off Martha's Vineyard. (Cool fact, Meg Ryan was the next door neighbor). Anyway, the house was framed with structural steel, and the Site Supervisor (a grizzled character with a heavy Irish brogue, by the name of Dave) told me they built the house over the winter. I figured the pieces were engineered, came precut, and they put them together and welded them but he said "Nope! We cut all the pieces right here."

These guys built a structural steel house, each piece cut, fit and welded on site, on the edge of a cliff, in the winter, in an incessant, biting cold wind. When he told me that, I'm sure my face reflected the awe and admiration I felt. I just reached out, shook his hand and said "You're a better man than I am".
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You're right. I would hate it. And that's quite something - building that house in those conditions!

I usually ride to my summer job in northern Utah each year. Arizona (esp northern AZ) has wicked winds in the spring. Every year I ride on the edge of my tires for hours, and not in a good way. I have a hard time keep the bike standing at stops. Riding back is better, but for the monsoon storms! But those are easier to wait out.

This spring my beau and I were stuck in Iceland for 48 hours because of winds. All flights cancelled. In fact, when we landed we were stuck on the plane for 6 hours, because they could not deploy the stairs or jetway. Rental cars have little stickers on the windows advising people to hold the doors tightly when opening them due to winds. I guess they lose a lot of car doors that way, and it was certainly believable! (We rented a car and explored a bit when we were stuck, and, yes, I really had to hang on to that door!)
I grew up in New England, and spent lots of time on the coast. I went to school in Boston. Yeah. Windy.

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You're right. I would hate it. And that's quite something - building that house in those conditions!

I usually ride to my summer job in northern Utah each year. Arizona (esp northern AZ) has wicked winds in the spring. Every year I ride on the edge of my tires for hours, and not in a good way. I have a hard time keep the bike standing at stops. Riding back is better, but for the monsoon storms! But those are easier to wait out.

This spring my beau and I were stuck in Iceland for 48 hours because of winds. All flights cancelled. In fact, when we landed we were stuck on the plane for 6 hours, because they could not deploy the stairs or jetway. Rental cars have little stickers on the windows advising people to hold the doors tightly when opening them due to winds. I guess they lose a lot of car doors that way, and it was certainly believable! (We rented a car and explored a bit when we were stuck, and, yes, I really had to hang on to that door!)
I grew up in New England, and spent lots of time on the coast. I went to school in Boston. Yeah. Windy.
Wow, I never knew monsoons were an issue in Arizona. I also didn't know you were from New England. Was that school Berklee, by any chance?
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Yep, the American Southwest is the only region in the US, I believe, that has an official monsoon. (Take note: the true definition of monsoon is a season, not a storm, nor a measure of rainfall.) We do get some pretty fierce storms and flash floods, as a result, although they are often very localized. (We have an actual "stupid motorist law" that requires you to pay for your own rescue if you ignore the signs advising you not to cross roadways when they are flooded.) This year the rains have been delayed, to the disappointment of all, violent storms not withstanding. Last year was fabulous, and I came home to quite the jungle in my yard. The start of monsoon used to be defined by a three day consecutive span of a certain dew point at a certain location (somewhere in Phoenix, if I recall) but some years back, they changed it to specific dates (June 15 - Sept 30), which is not nearly as interesting or accurate, in my opinion.

I grew up in CT, spent lots of childhood time on the RI coast, and went to school at Boston University. Berklee is more for the jazzers.

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I had one day last week on the way home from Princet to Trenton that I said "This was a mistake", I think it was 102ish on the index.

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