Hot Days To Come - Dealing With Heat
It rained last night here in St Louis, bring a break to a period of intense heat. Saturday's high was expected at around 105 degrees. Still living without a functional air conditioner, I used a variety of methods to deal with the heat, mostly helped by the fact I work on third shift, and so was up and working when the temperature was the least, and then returning to a home with a cool basement where I could seek refuge and sleep.
Even then the heat saps so much from you, all you want to do is come home, take a cold shower and go to sleep. That's why no recent posts from me.
Some here didn't have that luxury. Less than a mile from my work place is a City run small medium security prison. Family of the prisoners held protests outside of the prison on Friday, which shut down the local road and provoked a large police turn out, when it was learned the prison had no air conditioning.
Also the downtown area experienced problems when a large water main burst and the lack of water forced large building to shut off their air conditioning.
I read but forgot to bookmark an article which discussed climate change and how the increase in temperatures will make the occurrence of "critical heat days" happen more often by the end of the century. Those are days that the combined heat and humidity raises the felt temperature above 100 degrees. That's the point that human bodies can no longer cool themselves via sweat.
It also showed maps via modeling that suggests that the southern regions of the US will experience heat waves like this throughout the Summer, making it impossible to live there without man made ways to cool. If resource depletion spikes the price of electricity out of most people's means then look for a slow migration out of southern states and into the north.
Forget about the equatorial countries like Brazil. By century's end humans may end up being a species confined to the upper latitudes. Or like owls, night hunters.
I'm just happy it rained.