Monday, July 24, 2006

Heat. San Diego, CA.

At work today the topic of everyone's conversation is the heat. People from Temecula, downtown San Diego, Murietta, Perris, Hemet, Ramona, El Cajon, and Alpine are all suffering from temperatures that are at least 10 degrees above normal. That may not sound like much, but there's a big difference between the way 85 degrees feels and the way 95 degrees feels.

We're breaking record after record out here. People's air conditioning bills are through the roof. In our home we are rationing our air conditioning use for fear we won't be able to pay the electric bill. I think we're going to invest in a solar panel next year so we can run the AC for the duration of the heat wave and not have to worry about paying out the nose for it.

Some people are suffering though electrical black outs, which are nowhere near as bad as Queens, NY, I know. Those folks have it much worse. Still, my cube neighbor had an unannounced power outage for 11 hours and she has a very pregnany daughter at home. Must have been miserable.

Temperatures around the beach have been in the high 80s where they are usually in the 70s, and the humidity is unlike what any of us are used to. Temperatures out in Ramona where we live have been triple digits for a week. Last year we saw only one or two days in the 100 degree range. And it's just beginning.

Forecasts for the remainder of the summer are more of the same for us; high 90s and into the 100s. This is going to be interesting.