We just had a record high temp yesterday (at least since 1891, and even that depends on how accurate you want to call earlier records) of 103. That was only 3 degrees less than the high in Death Valley yesterday. I know a lot of you NorteAmericanos have been suffering through or enjoying a pretty mild summer, especially in the midwest and northeast. We’ve had the opposite. After a grueling cold and wet winter and spring, summer arrived pretty much in mid-May which is two months ahead of schedule. Usually we have a wet season until mid-July and then the rain shuts off for two months, but this year it turned dry in May and temps have been rather higher than normal, I think. This last week we had a huge ridge of high pressure over us and it dragged all kinds of hot air (heh) up from California and shut off the ocean flow of air. So we’ve been sweltering in the 90s+ since Monday. As I’ve said before, we don’t really have much 85+ weather here so hardly anyone has AC. Happily, ArchaeoBlog Manor is equipped with a daylight basement which is about 10 degrees cooler than the rest of the house, so we all have retreated down here all week most of the time.
Except for Badger. He seems unable to get the hint that it’s cooler down here and he just splays himself out in front of the front door and sleeps all day. Dork.