Saturday, 14 August 2010

Meltdown

I've noticed that the phrase "global warming" isn't bandied about any more. Instead we get "climate change" which sounds much more benign. But whatever it's called, it's here.

All those weather people on TV were right in their dire predictions that 2010 would be a recordbreaking hot summer. It's been hot hot hot throughout North America, and I'm finding it a bit much!

Up here in the Great White North, Canadians live for the summer. We endure below freezing temperatures from November to April, and at the first sign of melting snow, we joyfully throw off our scarves and gloves and winter coats, open all the windows, put on our shorts, and bask in the sun.

I look forward to summer. I love the sunshine.
I love wearing teeshirts and capris and sandals and bright summer colours.

But this summer has been just too darn hot for me. I've spent a lot of time in the shade, or seeking out air conditioned shopping malls (no a/c at my house). Or desperately begging friends to let me swim in backyard pools to stop my brain from melting.

I hate to admit it, but I'll be glad when this summer cools down a bit.

16 comments:

lettuce said...

I think you're not alone Shammie - i've enjoyed our climate change summer in London - its such a treat to be able to sit out late into the evening without it getting chilly. But I'm quite enjoying this week's coolness.... and the garden is so much happier for some rain at last

madretz said...

there's still some time left this summer to visit me...our weather has been mild and even downright cold. I don't dare leave the house without my jacket every day. certainly global 'warming' doesn't suit what we're experiencing, but a major climate change for certain. I'm in my flannel pjs right now as i type.

Dumdad said...

It's raining and cool here!

Brian said...

Whatever they call it it is here also, +24.5 in Nain is an anomaly for sure.

Spencer Park said...

When does the climate change arrive here? We've had cloudy and rainy!

dogbait said...

Pumping millions of tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere everyday and we pretend what's happening is a natural climate change.

We've had our wettest winter for 15 years which has been climate change.

rosemary said...

We are finally getting some summer heat.....i lay low and stay inside more it seems....we have a/c so it is comfortable inside.

Ginnie said...

This would describe my life for sure, Sham, if I were still in Atlanta! Too bad I can't spread a bit of our cool days around with the rest of you who are suffering. It's been in the 60s the last 4-5 weeks here in the Netherlands since returning from France. Astrid says we can still get some hot weather but...when? I'm sitting here with the doors and windows open in my sweatshirt. My kind of fall-like weather! I really WOULD share it with you if I could!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I think the reason that they have stopped using the phrase "Global Warming" as much is because so many people misunderstood this description--ESPECIALLY during this last very very hard winter. People hear "warming" and that's all they can think about is 'war,' and 'cold'....Climate Change may sound more benign, but it's something more people can "get" and understand.....
I'm so sorry you are struggling with the Heat, my dear....What I've noticed here is we have so much more Humidity....And I have a very hard time with that. I hope your terrible heat ket's up very very soon....It is so damn debilitating.

Ming the Merciless said...

Hahaha! Same here!

I don't have an a/c and I hide in the house when it's too hot to go outside OR I go to Border's Bookstore for the coffee and artificial climate. :)

lime said...

it has been a scorcher, for sure!

Craver Vii said...

No air-conditioning? That's rough. The A/C was accidentally not turned on for Church this past week, and it was so uncomfortable, I thought our pastor was going to preach about hell. "People, if you think it's hot here..."

photowannabe said...

August usually brings temps pretty steady at around 100F.
This year its been anywhere from 80 to the low 90's every day. No humidity so its actually quite pleasant.
Very strange though.
I hope you get some relief soon. The too hot and muggy really knocks me for a loop.

EG Wow said...

I totally agree that this summer has been way, way too warm. It won't make you feel any better, but my older home does not have A/C either. :)

Charles Bjørnsen Ravndal said...

We'll we usually have mild summers or winters. Though we had a very stable winter which was quite unusual. I guess it's the climate change afterall.

Vagabonde said...

It was so nice going to Kirkenes, north of the arctic circle. It still was warm there, but in the 70s, no more. When we left Atlanta it was 40C and humid. Now it is getting better – still in the mid 30s but lower humidity.