Thursday, August 12, 2010


In today's world, "Hottie" is someone who is really sexy or popular. For me today, it means weather!

Good grief - how do I forget late summer is so hot and humid? I guess the same way I forget February is so cold and gray. The four seasons is why many of us continue to stay and enjoy the Midwest. It's those little in between seasonal bumps that we forget.

Sneeze! And Sneeze again! I only went outside in my gardens for a few minutes and here I am with an "Awchooooooo" and a paper towel.

Tomorrow is suppose to be the warmest day of the year, possibly a record breaker. We don't have a "Heat advisory" - they bumped it up to an "Excessive Heat Warning" through Friday evening.

To digress a little: I remember (am I my grandma) not so many years ago on the farm when we never even heard of air conditioning. Frankly, it's true you don't miss what you never had.

So here's the scoop on the weather until this weekend from WQAD Anthony Peoples "weather or not" blog: "It’s going to be another hot one today and tomorrow, with near record or record high temperatures Friday."
"An “Excessive Heat Warning” remains in effect through 7 p.m. Friday for the Illinois counties of Hancock, Henderson, Henry, McDonough, Mercer, Rock Island, and Warren.
An “Excessive Heat Warning” runs through 8 p.m. Friday for Knox and Stark counties in Illinois.
High temperatures today will be in the low-to-mid-90s, but the humidity will make it feel more like 105-110.
On Friday, the highs will reach the mid-to-upper-90s and the heat index will be around 110 degrees for several hours.
An approaching cold front will bring strong to severe thunderstorms Friday evening into Friday night. Along with heavy downpours, damaging winds and large hail are also possible.
Showers could linger into early Saturday and then cooler and drier weather arrives Saturday night into much of next week."

I don't recommend working in the garden in this weather. A little run out in the early morning to pick a few tomatoes, herbs or check out something but take that Excessive Heat Warning seriously.

Keep hydrated and try to stay in the AC or with fans or both. Pollen counts for this area today are almost 7 out of ten and Sunday should be 9.4. Check on those who have no AC, are disabled, elderly, or have other issues that might be affected by this weather.

Really: the yard does not need to be mowed and the weeds do not need to be pulled until that cold front enters Saturday. AAAAchoooooooo!

It's the perfect time to sit with a glass of tea, in the AC, and read that new catalog... It's a know fact, day dreaming is a way to keep cool.

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