just cleaned my [paddling] pool, today, as it's a bit cooler than on previous days, but still warm enough to dry stuff. we've had highs of 33C and just having a paddle made all the difference, especially as the heat took us by surprise: it's been a mostly wintery year, with snow forecast up until almost a month ago and most talk, until a week or so ago, was 'doesn't look like we're going to get a summer, this year'.
(mind you, we do have permanent signs, like:
so now, the talk is 'summer's come with a vengence'.
we had thunderstorms, last night and the other night, but the earlier one was best; although, with the weather change acoming, i had a migraine and hadn't planned for taking photos of the lightning (which was the best we've seen for a long time). still, i had cameras to hand and took some not-too-bad handheld photos, and got bit to hell by midges (legs, arms and head: itchy as ).
the good thing was that as soon as the rain began (and it poured) my migraine vanished (although it did resurface later on in the night, waking me up).
last night, i was all set up, with tripod, filters and long exposure settings.........and i didn't get a single flash (the strikes came between each take )
oh, and i've also frozen my hot-water bottle for bed.
Seems we share a passion.
When we were heading for the customs office on friday, we came down a hill. The road leading to 'Göttingen' was directly at the foot of the hill on low ground. On the other side of the enclosed hollow there was another hill and there was a thundercloud directly above it. We saw some epic ground strikes that day. I had to pull over and stop the car to watch the show. Too bad I had no camera.
my lastest buzz is for cloudbows, which we get a lot of. i'll post some pics, as and when (the latest are on my mum's pc).
but one thing i always love is when you can't tell if that rising form before you is land or sky. okay, i'm odd, but i know it.
I should try to get out and swim sometime; it has been too long since I have done it. In the meantime, I am paying a higher electric bill to regularly run my air conditioning.
I have been spending a lot of time in my air-conditioned bedroom to remain cool and comfortable here in New Hampshire.
When I lived by the ocean as a kid, we'd go swimming every day, either in the bay or the ocean. As a parent, I'd sometimes turn on the lawn sprinkler so the kids could run through it. They also had a small plastic pool. We have central air conditioning in the house, so if I'm out biking and come home hot, I go downstairs and stand in front of a very large fan.
Living in central Virginia, it gets very hot during the summer. Having temperatures around 100 f. is not unusual.
I live in Florida. The north west portion which is actually more miserable then the south east I used to live in.
Often 100% humidity and very hot. Couple that with my ironic (for living in Florida my whole life) sensitivity to heat (70degF is hot to me) I've done odd things when the AC goes out >.<
I've done the normal cold shower thing... Then things like... Spraying menthol on myself and sitting under a fan... Soaking and freezing a shirt and socks and wearing them... I have a cooling mattress pad.