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“But It’s A DRY Heat!”

I’ve lived most of my life here in the desert.  I was born back East, but, my parents moved us out here when I was a pre-schooler.  I’ve visited my birth State a few times – it’s pleasant in the Summer, but horrible in the Winter. And the cultural/political attitudes, well…

Let’s face it, I’m a Desert Rat, and I like it, just fine.

When I was growing up here, we’d play outside all day, getting water from the garden hose, as needed.  And we sometimes got sunburned.  I remember walking home (a mile and a half) from the bowling alley with my friends, the day Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon.  I don’t remember the temperature, but it was mid-Summer.  100+ degrees, easily.  And, we didn’t care.

It’s gotten statistically warmer here as the years have progressed.  Not because of global warming, but because of the heat island effect – as the metro area grows, more concrete and asphalt.  And we feel the results.  My 60-year-old body isn’t as resilient as the high-schoolers who leisurely walked home in the Summer of ’69 to watch history being made.  I generally hobble from A/C unit to A/C unit.  It’s a way of life, here.

And, with the exception of government-produced town lakes (aka mosquito hatcheries), the humidity remains low.  7% yesterday.  I’d much prefer here to say Chattanooga in July – 95 degrees and 95% humidity.  There’s little oxygen in the air (it’s mostly water) and there’s a permanent wet stripe from your armpits to your squishy shoes.  I know, I’ve been there.

We reached 122 degrees here a few years ago.  It was 116 yesterday, 118 scheduled today.  This is the price we pay for shirt-sleeve Thanksgivings and Christmases.

But, it’s a DRY Heat!


h/t Brigid

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


14 thoughts on ““But It’s A DRY Heat!”

  1. Have a friend in Apache Junction. He is not a happy camper.Even with his a/c, his inside temps run around 90.

    Posted by WellSeasonedFool | June 29, 2013, 9:27 am
  2. I live in the high desert, quite a bit east and a little north of where I presume you are. It gets hot here, of course, but nothing compared to the Valley. The only place I’ve ever been that rivals the Valley for hot is Saudi.

    I spent quite a bit of my youth in southern Florida, where it doesn’t get as hot by the thermometer but oh my god the humidity. I far prefer it here – even though I couldn’t run A/C if my life depended on it.

    *sigh* A few more weeks of this, and it might.


    Posted by Joel | June 29, 2013, 10:30 am
  3. Dry heat: perfect for mummification. I’ll take our 62 degrees, thanks.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | June 29, 2013, 1:50 pm
  4. (Sorry Brigid)
    I’m sitting here in Swampwater (oops, I mean Tidewater) Virginia at 100+ both temp and humidity – fondly remembering those dry hot days of Tucson, Vegas (both of them), and Ridgecrest – and places nearby with no names. It IS a dry heat. Much preferable even though I am also of the fishbelly-white-when-tanned race from the Lakes country up north.

    I recall being in Phoenix when Sky Harbor shuts down for being too hot for planes to take off (and Apache Junction before it became a suburb). I miss Death Valley in July; there’s magic in a heat intense enough to make its own sound. I preferred it when it was a monument instead of a Park and the Feds weren’t so anxious to protect you from yourself by closing off the back areas. National Parks should be free enough to allow death from unprepared oversight.

    Like tromping through the woods in Alaska in spring, one better be prepared for local conditions. Mother Nature thinks of you as food and has no hesitation consuming you just because you’ve become shriveled and over-cooked.


    Posted by Quizikle | June 29, 2013, 3:50 pm
  5. We just got back from camping south of Flag.
    If it wasn’t for obligations I think I could do that for another 4 months or so…
    After 50 years here I find myself actually handling the heat so-so OK but when the lows get into miserable range it’s easy to absolutely HATE the Valley.
    Tee times in Prescott here I come!

    Posted by KM | June 29, 2013, 7:18 pm
  6. I grew up in Apache Junction, before it was incorporated. We got used to the heat, but once it broke about 108 we pretty much went nocturnal. I remember getting feet blistered on pavement. I figured it was good training for hell but without the ambiance.

    Posted by Matt | June 30, 2013, 7:28 am
  7. I’m just the opposite, raised back east and prefer its weather over what you guys are getting right now. I’ve been out to your neck of the woods many times, beautiful country but I wouldn’t want to live there (in the summer.)

    Posted by Wilson | July 1, 2013, 8:02 am

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