Wednesday, July 18, 2007

But It's a Dry Heat

Is it hot in here, or is it just me?

I've been so sticky for so long that I had to do a little research to see if this is normal.

It's not.

The Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce website reports that the average high temperature for the monthy of July is 82.2 degrees fahrenheit. The mercury doesn't generally hit triple digits until August.


On July 7, my in-laws' moving day no less, the temperature hit 107, the hottest day ever on record for this part of the state. EVER. Today is July 18, and marks the eighteenth straight day with a high temperature of at least ninety degrees. This ties the record set back in 1960. If we hit twenty straight ninety-plus degree days, it will be a new all-time record. The current forecast predicts at least ninety degrees for as long as its ten-day spread can reach.

Methinks a new record will be set by Friday.

It's 101 degrees right now, at 5:12 PM.

But it's a dry heat, they say. Having lived in midwestern humidity, I know that dry heat is preferable. Dry heaves are better than the real thing, too, but they're still miserable.


Sherry C said...

Ok, it's 10:30 PM and it's still 86 degrees out there. Crazy.

Cindy said...

Hi Sherry...We just moved to New Orleans and I am trying to get used to the sticky hot weather. Today was 99 outside and hotter with the sticky. Sounds like Jim and Chad had a great drive to NOLA together.

CML_Shearings said...

Our fruit is ripening faster than usual with all the hot weather. On Sunday afternoon we picked our cherry trees. I'll take some cherries over to the Homestead today & wish Andy "Happy Birthday!" The cherries will have to be sorted some. We left some on the trees for the wasps, bees, birds & other competitors for the fruit. We have black butterflies eating some of our few raspberries this year. Did you know that butterflies could do this?! I didn't.

Anonymous said...

Hotter than blazes? Speaking of blazes, how's the forest fire situation? One would think it would be worse than usual, given the extra high heat, but we haven't heard anything about it yet this season. Sorry to hear you're suffering in it. How are Andy's parents holding up in this hot spell?

Sherry C said...


I'm cringing to hear about 99 degrees in New Orleans. Now THAT sounds miserable.


I look forward to the cherries. Thanks for thinking of Andy's birthday. As you can tell, I don't pay much attention to friends' birthdays like you do--in fact I don't even know when any of my friends' birthdays are. I think you are the only non-family member we know who remembers ours!


Although we haven't had any major fires yet, just a few small ones, everyone is worried. The sustained high temperatures have put us into August levels of fire danger, with everything bone dry and water levels already very low. If this is only mid-July, what is in store for the rest of the season?

Andy's folks are a little on the miserable side, being accustomed to milder weather as well as A/C. Maybe the cold will be a welcome change for them instead of something to dread!

Actually that is one thing I like here about our extreme seasons. By the end of one, you are more than ready for a change and it feels like a real treat.