Monday, June 28, 2021

Saved By The Fog


 We are literally surrounded by insanely hot temperatures here. The Pacific Northwest is being baked with a record-breaking heatwave. At Roger's sister's place in southern Oregon the temperature is expected to get up to 114 degrees. That's 46 degrees celsius. That's crazy hot. Here's how The Washington Post described it:

The strength of the heat dome, or sprawling zone of high pressure centered near the U.S.-Canada border, promoting these temperatures is simply off the charts. Its intensity is so statistically rare that it might be expected only once every several thousand years on average. But man-made climate change has made exceptional events like this many times more probable. 

Meteorologists are describing the situation as insane, bonkers, and incredible. 

So now I wake in the morning, run to open the blinds and hope to see the sky socked in with gray fog. Yes! Sunday morning it was gray gray gray. I did my happy dance. 

It was even cool enough to go for a nice long neighborhood walk and enjoy the gray skies and see a Great Blue Heron hanging out with bales of hay.


It's supposed to stay cool, gray, and comfy for the next few days here. Who would have ever guessed that we would learn to love the fog, but we did. We are so grateful for the ocean in every way. 


 

32 comments:

  1. As a Moroccan man once told me: "Many hot!"
    Glad to hear you're getting some respite from those temperatures courtesy of the fog. The news of your heatwave has not so far registered on our News programmes; too much else going on with pandemics and misbehaving MPs!

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    1. John-- Oh I love that "Many hot!" I will remember it.
      The high temperature is quite a news story here in the states. For most of the people living in the northwest it's usually so temperate that they don't have air conditioning or fans. Dangerously hot.

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  2. Yep. When it gets hot here in the summer with no relief, I yearn for the days when I lived a few miles inland on the San Francisco peninsula on the hot dry side of the coast hills and could find respite from relentless heat by simply driving over those hills to the fog enveloping Half Moon Bay. That effect is even more pronounced when driving from Redding to Arcata on 290. Looking at your photos of the fog is a relief in itself. It was 104 degrees on my porch for part of the day yesterday but that was partly due to the ridiculous vinyl on the floor of my porch! This early morning at 3 a.m. the temperature on my porch is a cool 70 degrees, with an 100 degree high predicted for Bellingham today. I have a portable air conditioner, purchased when I was working from home in the early 2000s because my home would have been a "sweatshop" without it. With the portable air conditioner running during the day yesterday, it was 79 degrees inside. I wouldn't have thought 79 degrees could feel cool!

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    1. am-- I am so glad you have a portable air conditioner. This is such a dangerously hot heatwave. Please take care there and stay as cool as you can. Soon the heat will move on and you'll get back to the comfortable temps you are used to.

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  3. Here in Central Florida, I often find the sun to be relentless. On the rare occasion there is fog or an overcast sky, I am delighted. I understand your gratitude.

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    1. Colette-- Here on the north coast we usually grumble about the summer fog. It gets pulled in by the heat east of us over the hot coast range. For now we are utterly grateful. Yes.

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  4. I don't often see fog here and find it fascinating. Of course I'm not driving or working in it. We experience extremely hot and humid days, but we have AC. What a thing to go through without manufactured coolness.

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    1. Ally Bean-- We see fog on most summer days. The heat inland from us, over the coast range to the east pulls that fog in almost everyday. I don't know how people can manage without "manufactured coolness" (I love that!).

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  5. my brother lives in Washington state, outside Seattle for most of his time there but now just across the river from Portland. he says this heat dome happens about every 5 years. but I don't think previous ones have been this hot. 114˚ in the PNW! glad you are on the foggy coast.

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    1. ellen-- I've lived in the different parts of the Pacific Northwest a couple of times over the past 50 years (Portland, Eugene, Port Townsend). There have been heatwaves. This one is really is pretty fierce. I'm glad we're here in the foggy north coast of California. Yes!

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  6. Glad you were able to keep cool. The news of the hot weather and fires out west is terrible. Hope there is relief soon. Stay safe!

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    1. EllenD-- I really hope there is relief soon. We're still in the thick fog here this morning and glad for it.

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  7. It's not only high temperatures but the length of the heat wave in this weather feature.

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    1. Red-- Yes, that's it, both the extreme temps and how long it's going to last. Really a bummer.

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  8. Been hearing about the awful heat you all are facing. Hope it is short lived or at the least, lots of foggy days. Do you have A/C?

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    1. Patti-- We're very cool and safe here on the north coast. Inland from us and farther north it is extreme. We don't have air conditioning. A few years ago the temps were in the high 90s here. In the evening we opened every window in the house and had fans blowing in what ever cool air could be found.

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  9. Thank goodness for the moderating effect of the ocean! I'm glad you're being spared these insane temperatures.

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    1. Steve-- Yes, we are so grateful for the ocean air. It really protects us from this insane heatwave.

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  10. We're braced for a heat wave this week here in NYC. We're living in one room so as not to run too many a/c's, with doors closed to the rest of the house. Fog off the ocean would be lovely right about now.

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    1. 37paddington-- Oh I so hope that the heatwave goes by very quickly there. Such a bummer. Take care and stay safe, my friend.

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  11. Oh enjoy your fog. Our mountains just exhale moisture, even when it's hot. But we're not feeling a thing like your northern neighbors...I really feel for them.

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    1. Barbara-- We are still enjoying the fog today. It really is such a relief. You make me wonder if the mountains there contribute to the humid climate. Mmm... I've never thought about that.

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  12. You are so lucky. I heard the mercury climbed to 118 degrees in Canada at some place north of Vancouver today. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Canada. Amazingly here in the Central Highlands of Arizona it's only been in the low 90's today and we have rain and temperatures in the 80's for the rest of the week. But the BRD is in Tucson and sent me a picture of herself "enjoying(?)" a margarita or two on a patio in 109 degree heat. She did not look or sound happy.

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    1. Catalyst-- This heat wave is insane. I cannot imagine what it must be like for people used to high temps of 73. No air conditioning and completely unprepared for days and days of this. Nice that you have moderate temps there. Enjoy every lovely minute of it. If it warms up, I guess it'll be time for a margarita!

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  13. Even here in NH, temps are climbing upwards this week with mid 90s predicted the next couple of days. Thankfully rain is forecast for the end if the week. It is heartbreaking to read if other parts of the country and the world that are not only besieged by high temps but drought conditions as well. Glad the fog is helping in your area, Robin.

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    1. Beatrice-- I was just reading about the heatwave heading to the east coast. I hope things go well there. It really is wild to think about the heat especially in a place like Portland where the average temp in summer is 73. No one is ready for this kind of weather. Stay safe and cool there. Oh yes, we're still socked in with fog.

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  14. It's hard to believe the temperatures the Pacific Northwest is getting. I'm not sure I have ever experienced heat like that, even when I visited Phoenix in the summer. I'm glad you're fogged in.

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    1. Mark-- It truly was an historical record-breaking heatwave. Now, suddenly we are learning about things called heat domes. Crazy times we are living in, crazy times. Yes, we still have our foggy skies, although yesterday we a beautiful sunshiny day with a high of 72! This morning the fog is thicker than ever!

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  15. I have to admit that listening to the concerns about the dome I was also concerned as to ho you two were in all this. Our weather has been cloudy of late with showers

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    1. Billy-- We were very lucky to have escaped this particularly intense heatwave. It's still foggy here. Sure wouldn't mind a bit of sunshine, but I'll take this fog over heat any day! Hope you get some sunshine there.

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  16. It seems as if we get too much hot or too much rain. No happy medium. I love fog. It’s so nice you were able to get a respite from the heat.

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    1. oldwhitelady-- We still have fog here. Haven't quite seen a blue-sky sunny day in a long while. Still we're glad to not be overwhelmed by relentless heat.

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