Tuesday, July 28, 2009
So, an update about the heat...
When I look at the weather right now, it's about 85 degrees in most places and some places are as high as 100 degrees already. It says it's 78 in Redmond, but I think it's going to get really hot quickly.
When I left this morning, I filled up both of Jaani's dishes with water. One has cold water fresh from the pitcher in my refrigerator, and the other is almost completely filled with ice (so he will have something cool to drink later.) I also sprayed him with some cool water before I left for work because the little man can't sweat off the heat. I'll go home at lunch and check on the little guy. I'll let him outside because he is hopefully drinking more water than usual, and he will... you know... get rid of the water.
Other than that, Microsoft issued a heat advisory because most of the buildings are at capacity, as far as cooling power, and they request all employees to turn off all non-essential electronic equipment as lights and to close the blinds on all Southern and Western facing windows. (Which is really good advice for everyone.)
Puget Sound Energy and Seattle Light (The two major power companies in the area) both said that we expect to have enough electricity to compensate for all the extra fans and very few air-conditioning units, but they expect the heat to cause electrical equipment to fail... they say they are planning to keep all available people on alert... whatever that means.
We have set a few records this week in Seattle. Last night we had the highest night time temperatures ever recorded. We have hit the second hottest temp in Seattle (104 degrees!!!) the hottest was recorded in 2007 at 115 degrees.
I am really getting the feeling that global warming is happening a little faster than we are being led on to believe. We are talking about a region that usually rarely gets above 80 degrees, and we are getting 100 degree temperatures that are lasting for days. Every year I hear on the news that we are having another record breaking summer... higher temperatures, less water, and longer summers. It leads me to believe there could be a reason that European global temperature figures are not being released to the public.
Anyway, that's enough blabbing about the weather. I'll tweet Jaani's status when I get home or something.