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Tale of Three Cities

Summer is hard for me in Pensacola. We keep busy; I do my water aerobics and two days a week now, I am taking little grand daughter to her swim lessons. Occasionally, we get a day with lower humidity, or a day with deep dark clouds and thunder, and dramatic lightning, and the temperatures will cool some, for a while.

It is hot. Thank God for air conditioning, but it is hot when we wake up and last night it didn’t even get into the seventies (F). It is just the summer weather pattern.

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But this morning, as I was putting up my greetings to all my Moslem friends in Jordan, in Qatar, in Kuwait and around the world, I remembered just how hot the summers were in Kuwait:

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Not even a chance of clouds or rain to break the heat!

 

And then I think of my growing up in Alaska, where 70 degrees (F) was a heat wave:

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I’m feeling cooler just looking at those temperatures🙂

July 7, 2016 - Posted by | Alaska, Kuwait, Pensacola, Weather

2 Comments »

  1. Actually, temperatures the last couple days in Kuwait and southern Iraq broke long-standing records for Asia with reaching 54 centigrades (129 F) in Mitribah (wherever that is in Kuwait) and Basrah (on July 21 and 22, respectively), see here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_weather_records.

    I have been living in Kuwait between 2001 and 2007, and never temperatures rose (officially) to or beyond 50 degrees (122 F). But people distrusted official announcements then. There seems to be a vividly discussed law that nobody has to work outdoors if it is 50 degrees plus (as if it would make a difference if it was 49), and on one of the tall towers downtown the actual temperature was prominently displayed (in a way cheating the public since at 50 meters altitude it is considerably cooler anyway).

    At the latest, since last year when tens of thousands died in devastating heat waves in Pakistan (this year the same happened in India before the monsoon), the hottest places on Earth have been taken captive by global warming.

    Comment by Muller | July 26, 2016 | Reply

    • Greetings, Muller! Thank you for bringing me up to date. I believe in Kuwait – and Qatar – there is an article in the Labor Laws that saw outdoors workers are not to be worked if the temperature exceeds 50 degrees or more, and the general belief is that the “official” temperatures rarely reach that, even when they do. Many bloggers would post temperature readings from their own thermometers showing substantially higher temperatures than the official temperatures. My concerns were always multiplied by being surrounded by the very tall buildings being constructed in the heat of summer. The concrete trucks would line up and begin pouring around midnight. It gave me shivers; even in the middle of the night, if the concrete sets too quickly, it is not as strong as it is supposed to be . . . and the workers are still working in very high temperatures. I guess I have no real cause to complain that the temperatures here are hitting 90 degrees F every day, but for an Alaskan girl, this is highly uncomfortable.

      Comment by intlxpatr | July 26, 2016 | Reply


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