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Who's over 100F this year ?
#1
South Central Pennsyltucky may break 100F today !

And it won't be the 'dry' Arizona, Texas heat. Nor will it be the luscious East Coast breezy kinda hot.

It'll be humid heat trapped in a valley, where you almost can't breathe.
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Philsuma Wrote:And it won't be the 'dry' Arizona, Texas heat.

Heh - I wish Austin had dry heat - 74% humidity today with a high of 94...then
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99 - whew...my "indoor season" has begun.
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#3
lol... Before I moved to Texas, I'd always assumed it'd be dry, but most of the major population centers are far from it. Maybe in August a bit, but otherwise figure 80% or so in the mornings, down to maybe 50%-60% at night, far higher in the rainy season.
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Chuck Lawson Wrote:lol... Before I moved to Texas, I'd always assumed it'd be dry, but most of the major population centers are far from it. Maybe in August a bit, but otherwise figure 80% or so in the mornings, down to maybe 50%-60% at night, far higher in the rainy season.

Unless you're in far west Texas ... We're usually at less than 20% here in Lubbock. We've had around 10+ days over 100 already. Expecting many, many more to come.
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#5
Yowch... Reminds me of the old story about the guy from W. Texas who was in the NE on business; when someone asked him if they got much rain, he said "You remember in the bible when it rained for 40 days and 40 nights?" "Of course" "Well, we got about a half inch of that..."

I think most people just don't have any idea how diverse the climate across Texas is.
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#6
I have tried not to think about in Las Vegas, it seems sometimes each day is hotter then the last. However I just got a new car with new air and THAT makes it so much better.

Sally
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#7
We hit 104F today. Was swimming all day!!!
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#8
This weeks forecast here in Junction TX:
T - 107
W - 103
Th - 102
F - 101
S - 100
S - 100
M -100

Humidity 25-40%

A bit warmer and more humid than where I used to live in Lubbock, but a fairly normal summer forecast.
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#9
My hundred is coming on Thursday, and my frog room A/C sucks. I'll be lucky if I can keep the temp below 90.
Jon
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Rusty_Shackleford Wrote:My hundred is coming on Thursday, and my frog room A/C sucks. I'll be lucky if I can keep the temp below 90.

Jon, place zip lock bags of ice on the top of the viv or hang them inside. My AC went out for 2 days last year in 100+ degree heat and this made a big difference. I put a few small pinholes in each bag in order to get some additional relief from evaporative cooling.I didn't lose a single frog.

On a previous occasion a few years ago, I caught all of the frogs (well, most) and placed them in deli cups in a cooler with some phase change packs. No losses with this method either.

Good luck!
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#11
Thanks Donn. I'm gonna start by keeping all the lights off all day. Turn the A/C as low as it will go in the frog room and the rest of the house. The problem is the frog room is an addition to the house. It has a flat roof and no attic above it, so when the sun hits the roof it warms up pretty quickly. I've got a ceiling fan in there so that will help a bit, plus box fans blowing on the fronts of the vivs. If worse comes to worse I can catch frogs and put them in deli cups and bring them into the main part of the house which stays much much cooler.
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#12
Summer appears to have arrived in N. Texas -

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(actually, it won't really be summer summer until those lows start staying north of 90 degrees; at this point it's just kinda "balmy")
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#13
Confusedhock: Yikes Confusedhock:

No basements in Texas right ?

What happens when the power goes out. Do you guys have generators ?
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Philsuma Wrote:Confusedhock: Yikes Confusedhock:

No basements in Texas right ?

Not in our area, anyway. We've got a clay soil that shifts dramatically with the season that makes basements problematic (or so I'm told; it does break many a concrete slab foundation).

Philsuma Wrote:What happens when the power goes out.

Can't answer for everybody; mostly I curse a lot.

Philsuma Wrote:Do you guys have generators ?

Not me. I've got battery powered "bait bucket" air pumps I put on the reef tanks if it goes more than an hour or so, and an inverter I can use for a few amps in a pinch, but all of that's academic if the temp's above 85 or so. With central air, about the only practical solution would be a "whole house" style generator, and that's never been in my budget (and if it were, there's a bunch of other major stuff that needs to be done first).

Fortunately, the high heat tends to not be during the violent storm season, so we seldom have weather related outages; "rolling blackouts" are possible during peak demand days, but those usually stay under an hour.

(knocking frantically on wood...)
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#15
May sound funny but... put a sprinkler on the roof of the frog room. I have seen a 5° drop when i have done this.


Rusty_Shackleford Wrote:Thanks Donn. I'm gonna start by keeping all the lights off all day. Turn the A/C as low as it will go in the frog room and the rest of the house. The problem is the frog room is an addition to the house. It has a flat roof and no attic above it, so when the sun hits the roof it warms up pretty quickly. I've got a ceiling fan in there so that will help a bit, plus box fans blowing on the fronts of the vivs. If worse comes to worse I can catch frogs and put them in deli cups and bring them into the main part of the house which stays much much cooler.
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#16
109 in Dallas! Man, they're calling for 106 down here in Austin which would still be a record high.
Chuck Lawson Wrote:Not in our area, anyway. We've got a clay soil that shifts dramatically with the season that makes basements problematic (or so I'm told; it does break many a concrete slab foundation).
No basements in Austin either. Chuck has clay, we have bedrock (clay in some parts). I've got rock, 2 to 4 inches of dirt, then sod. It's amazing how that rock can bake a lawn...been shifting to xeriscape over the past few years Smile
Chuck Lawson Wrote:Fortunately, the high heat tends to not be during the violent storm season, so we seldom have weather related outages; "rolling blackouts" are possible during peak demand days, but those usually stay under an hour.
The rolling blackouts stink - people on non-critical circuits suffer more (275/350 Austin circuits are deemed "critical" - fire houses, hospitals...semi-conductor plants) to meet the power company's quota. In Feb 2011 a cold snap knocked a bunch of plants offline. Some people in Austin went multiple hours at a time with no power while others had no interruption...
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Ghostvivs Wrote:May sound funny but... put a sprinkler on the roof of the frog room. I have seen a 5° drop when i have done this.

A sprinkler on the condensor coils of the AC unit can often get a few more degrees out of it too, if it's operating close to the maximum cooling...
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joneill809 Wrote:The rolling blackouts stink - people on non-critical circuits suffer more (275/350 Austin circuits are deemed "critical" - fire houses, hospitals...semi-conductor plants) to meet the power company's quota. In Feb 2011 a cold snap knocked a bunch of plants offline. Some people in Austin went multiple hours at a time with no power while others had no interruption...

lol... In that same cold snap (I think; 1st week of February) they put us on rolling blackouts while simultaneously assuring us that all of the facilities for the Superbowl and related events were "critical" and had to stay lit...
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Philsuma Wrote:Confusedhock: Yikes Confusedhock:

No basements in Texas right ?

What happens when the power goes out. Do you guys have generators ?

No basement, no generator. I'm lucky in the fact that I can always move my animals to the lab if things get too bad. Our labs are backed up by two massive generators. Fortunately, I've not had to resort to moving to the lab (yet).
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Ghostvivs Wrote:May sound funny but... put a sprinkler on the roof of the frog room. I have seen a 5° drop when i have done this.


Rusty_Shackleford Wrote:Thanks Donn. I'm gonna start by keeping all the lights off all day. Turn the A/C as low as it will go in the frog room and the rest of the house. The problem is the frog room is an addition to the house. It has a flat roof and no attic above it, so when the sun hits the roof it warms up pretty quickly. I've got a ceiling fan in there so that will help a bit, plus box fans blowing on the fronts of the vivs. If worse comes to worse I can catch frogs and put them in deli cups and bring them into the main part of the house which stays much much cooler.

I was already thinking about doing that actually. I was gonna spray the roof down with water every couple of hours, but the sprinkler well work even better!! Thanks Casper!
Jon
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