[LMB] 2014 NASFIC and weather

Pat Mathews mathews55 at msn.com
Mon Sep 19 18:02:05 BST 2011

Saved in WORD as "Weather Wisdom from Central CA." Albuquerque actually has two hot seasons: hot and arid (May-June, half of July) and hot and damp (late July, early August) until the monsoon season sets in for good (temps vary from 90 to 55 in one week, depending.)

I'm 72 and trying to remember what it was like not to have a/c. I know we didn't have any in Indianapolis when I was a girl, and San Francisco never needed any. So probably my introduction to it was New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM. People made bets on which would come first at White Sands: permission to wear summer uniforms, or the first triple-digit high temperature day. First introduction to a desert environment, early 1960s.




> Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2011 12:17:49 -0400
> From: razenna at earthlink.net
> To: lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk
> Subject: Re: [LMB] 2014 NASFIC and weather
> Carol Gray-Ricci, still using Bert's computer.
> I grew up in California's Central Valley, where summer temperatures are usually in the 90's and over 100 is not unusual.  We still remember what the Spanish brought with them from the warmer sections of Spain when they first settled in California. (Note all times are rough estimates.)
>    1)  Get up early, often at or before dawn.
>    2)  Have breakfast, do all outside morning chores before 10:00 or 11:00 AM
>    3)  Do indoor morning chores and have lunch.(In the days of no A/C and wood stoves for cooking, lunch would be cold.)
>    4)  Have a siesta (nap or rest) from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  (At a con, where no one is getting much sleep, this can be indoor 
>        activities in airconditioned meeting rooms.)
>    5)  Get up and go outside, where it has now cooled down.  If it hasn't cooled enough, go back inside for an hour or so.  
>    6)  Have a late dinner, and stay up, and outside if you wish, until late at night,
>    7)  Go to bed in time to get 5 hours sleep.
>    8)  If you don't have A/C, open windows wide at sunset, leave open until dawn, and then close them.  Even if you do have A/C, draw 
>        curtains or shades on any windows that face the sun (these will move around the house as the day progreses).  If you do 
>        have A/C, you still want to keep the pattern of outdoors only when necessary between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM.
> Instead of complaining because the weather doesn't fit your patterns, reshape your patterns to fit the weather.  It is known as adaptation, which (to revert to another topic) we may all have to do if climate change becomes severe.  (One of the interesting adaptations when I was growing up was kitchens with wood stoves for cooking in winter, when they helped heat the house, and electric stoves for summer, when they did not add so much heat.)
> (If you wonder how I know so much about pre-airconditioned California, I'm 77, and lived through the last part of it.)
>     Carol A. Gray-Ricci
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