The Hot Weather


This pretty much says it all…

Here in Texas, we expect it to be hot. It is a part of who we are and has a lot to say for how tough Texans are. As with Nature, no two summers are alike and this one, for us so far, has been pretty good. It’s been hot but nothing that that we cannot put up with.

However and finally, the really hot weather is upon us as here in Austin, we have reached the 100 degree mark. It’s been close a few times over the past couple of months but has not quite reached that “magic” number. The day before yesterday was different as we breached that with the temperature at my house at 101 degrees. Add in the humidity and were looking at 104-105 degrees, hot enough to fry the proverbial egg on the sidewalk.

That has continued and is forecast to hang around even longer and to go as high as 104-105 which by anyone’s standards, even ours, is bloody hot. Even though we say we are used to it that is not really true as though the body may tolerate the heat, one is never really comfortable in it.

I had an incident a month or so ago hiking at McKinney Roughs when the heat gave me some pretty serious problems. That is all I can think of as the reason that I came light headed and a bit disoriented on a walk that I had done a couple of times before and had not been affected then.

When I first arrived in Texas in 1977, I came down from New York State where it was hot when it reached 85 degrees, with the explicit purpose of working construction as a Project Manager building new schools in the Round Rock School District in a time of real productivity for the area. The first summer nearly did me in but I stuck it out working alongside the men who had no options other than to brave the heat. We covered our skins, put on suntan lotion, wore hats and sunglasses and drank a lot of water and although I would not like to say we got used to it, we were able to tolerate it. One thing you learn to do in these hot conditions is to keep an eye on your workmates not to see if they were working hard but to see how the heat was affecting them. Those that showed signs of faintness or dizziness were immediately attended to and sent to rest until they could continue.

After nearly four years of that job and three schools later, I was hired on at the University of Texas as a Planner and eventually as the Planning and Scheduling Manager out of the sun for the rest of my working life. I retired from there twenty two years later.

That is not to say that I never went out in the sun again as I can remember playing soccer in Dallas at a Tournament with the temperature at 108 degrees and another time in Houston where it was equally as hot. Normally, players can’t wait to get in the game but in both of those tournaments, when anyone came off needing a sub, the chances were the team would be playing short as no one wanted to take their place. Those were the good old days.

Nowadays, I have the luxury of picking and choosing if and when I go out in the heat other than appointments and such. I try to get any outside work done early and then spend the rest of the time writing stories for my blog. Needless to say, hiking has been put on a back burner until it starts to cool down. I like to listen to Audiobooks and usually spend the afternoon driving around enthralled by some story or another written by Authors that really know how to write and keep me in suspense.

My truck stays very cool and comfortable although the miles are mounting up and I know every square inch of all of the local roads and lanes….

Written 3/10/2019

Texas Heat 2018


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I just want to be very clear
that the Texas Summer is really here
with temperatures over one hundred degrees
and getting hotter with each passing day
with a forecast high of one hundred and eight
before this front will go away.

Heat does not come as a surprise
as it happens to us every year
generally though one hundred is high
with a blazing sun and no clouds in the sky
but to get up to be one hundred and eight
is hot even in this Lone Star State.

Thank goodness for A/C in both car and home
without it we would be cooked to the bone
like a roast well done and cooked thru and thru
our bodies absorbing the sun’s powerful rays
the heat going on for days and days
until it breaks and the weather subdues.

What brought on this bout of heat
or is it just an abnormal year
is Global Warming a part of the mix
or is Nature just playing us tricks
something we shall never know
as our understanding is way too slow.

In the forty years I have been in this State
only once has it reached one hundred and eight
in Dallas probably thirty years ago
at a soccer tournament in which I played
the hottest I have ever been
but I survived ready to do it again.

Too old to play and too feeble in mind
this time around I’ll stay indoors
and wait out the heat until it cools
back to one hundred at which we fools
go on hikes or work out in the yard
and kid ourselves it’s not so hard.

Seriously though it is very hot
living in Texas it’s part of our lot
the summer is hot and we all complain
as the heat every year is the same
it gets to one hundred at least on one day
but one hundred and eight we view with dismay.

Written 7/20/2018
High Temperature was xxx