Eery stillness outside...highs today 111 degrees F.

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  1. donotfear profile image83
    donotfearposted 12 years ago

    So quiet outdoors.

    Yes, yesterday was 111 F.  Thermometer in the shade of the carport says 100 right now. It's been too hot for too long. Since first of June.  Not enough rain, very very little.  Dead grass...crunchy underfoot. 

    I worked 2 hours yesterday which involved getting in and out of my car. It was murderous. I'm staying in today. Drapes closed, dark inside. A/C's on ......... had to clean the filters again!

    I realized the silence is because there are no insects actively moving, no birds singing.  Nothing but the occasional buzz of locusts late in the day. It feels strange outside, like everything has stopped.   My horse's hooves are splitting up.  The cows stand in the pond, which is dangerously low, to cool off in the mud.  This is a catastrophe.

    No grass means no hay for the livestock. This isn't the plight only in SW Arkansas, but across the south. It's usually humid...but this is dry dry dry.  Fortunately, we got hay early for our livestock, thank God. But we may have to start feeding them before winter. Hope the hay's rationing time.

    How are you guys doing up north since you aren't used to this kind of heat?

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      klarawieckposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      We have plenty of rain here in Miami, Florida. It's 90 degrees here and raining now and it will be raining more this weekend once the tropical storm comes near us. I think we're safe from the cone of death, which is a good thing! smile I live next to Horse Country, plenty of green grass, water level is good for now, horses and cows seem happy, as well as the crickets, toads and frogs. My tortoise is living la vida loca outside. He's got his pool, strawberries and lettuce and he's probably chewing some snail or earthworm out there! big_smile He's quite a character!

    2. Ms Dee profile image85
      Ms Deeposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Ha! Sounds like you live in the same area of the country I do! Hot, hot, hot. Dry, dry, dry.

    3. LeslieAdrienne profile image71
      LeslieAdrienneposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Bless your heart.... I thought it was hot here.... I repent for complaining

  2. Miss Belgravia profile image60
    Miss Belgraviaposted 12 years ago

    It's the same way in Dallas. I went to the grocery store on Tuesday, and got everything I could possibly need so I don't have to leave the house for a few days. My daughter and I are going to Santa Fe for a few days at the end of next week, just to be able to breathe some cool air. Of course, it will make it even worse for us when we get back to this Hell!

    1. donotfear profile image83
      donotfearposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, we are 3.5 hours from you. WE always get the same weather as you guys. I dread going out in this tomorrow, but I have to put in a few hours networking. I'll set out early....maybe that will help.

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        klarawieckposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        I'll blow the clouds your way. Hopefully you'll get some of our rain.

    2. classicalgeek profile image82
      classicalgeekposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I'm in Dallas, too. Bought enough groceries when I was out today to last me through the weekend so I don't have to go out in the heat. My garden is dead--I watered the plants but the ground is so hot the water cooked the roots. Normally I love summer, but this year is I think even worse than 1980 (I remember that summer well, because on the day it was 113, I went for a job interview, driving a car with a black interior and broken air conditioning). I can't wait for the heat to break!

      1. PegCole17 profile image93
        PegCole17posted 12 years agoin reply to this

        We stocked up the pantry and closed up the drapes too. Adjusted the thermostats to 80 degrees. Maybe even that one degree will keep us from rolling blackouts. I don't have to imagine how hot the house will get with the temps like they are. We didn't get central AC for the first few years. lol. The good old days.

        My garden is parched too, soggy hot roots and brown leaves. Watering doesn't help.

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          klarawieckposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          You're all welcome to come down to my house in rainy South Florida. smile

          I wish you all rain very soon. Meantime, keep cool and drink lots of water. I'll be sending some clouds your way!

          1. LeslieAdrienne profile image71
            LeslieAdrienneposted 12 years agoin reply to this

            Don't forget the Gatorade...

  3. leahlefler profile image95
    leahleflerposted 12 years ago

    We are (fortunately) moderated by the waters of Lake Erie, so we have only been in the 80's to low 90's through this heat wave. We had one day with a heat index of 102 and people were absolutely wilting. I know that doesn't seem that hot to Southerners, but we don't have air conditioning up here, so there was no escape from the high humidity and heat!

    I certainly hope you get some rain soon down south - CNN had an article on a town in Texas that had strict water rationing in force because the entire reservoir has nearly disappeared.

  4. Michael Willis profile image67
    Michael Willisposted 12 years ago

    The heat has set all-time records the past couple of days in Arkansas. Tuesday the temp got up to 112 with a 121 heat index. Wednesday it was 116 on my back porch. Today was not as bad as it was 106 when I got home.
    I am Not a fan of the summer time!!! Bring me Winter!!!

    1. LeslieAdrienne profile image71
      LeslieAdrienneposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I just had a temper tamtrum about the heat and humidity in Georgia... I should have read these forum posts beforehand... It would have turned my tantrum into gratitude and praise...

      Praying for all of you guys...

  5. Lisa HW profile image61
    Lisa HWposted 12 years ago

    Just being a day and a half or so past some 90-plus days, you folks in the 100's have my sympathy - and wishes for that much needed rain too.  Where I am (not far from Boston), it seems the 90-plus days tend to also bring some quickie storms much of the time, so that kind of helps a little. Some lawn-browning has gone on, but people's gardens are still generally OK.  Anyway, wishing you rain (or at least a drop in such dangerous and miserable temps).

    1. Ms Dee profile image85
      Ms Deeposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Ahhhh, this rain looks so good.

  6. Stacie L profile image88
    Stacie Lposted 12 years ago

    well Kentucky has been roasting under the sun this summer as well but not as bad as Texas.My heart goes out to you down there.Maybe you'll get lucky and a hurricane will develop.

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    Home Girlposted 12 years ago

    In Canada (Ontario) it's kind of unusual weather - under and over 30C I think all July, and now August started and it's still hot,hot,hot. We had a sudden drop 10 degrees and a nice rain, like on this beautiful picture once, and next day it is hot again. Dust,traffic,construction - all beauties of a big city! Right now I live in the middle of subway extension buiding. They promise to end it in 2015! And I moved here last year, do not want to do it again so soon! Sucks.


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