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do you believe in the westwind

blessed relief wafts through the window as a light seabreeze kicks up finally. there are no electrical outlets on this side of the livingroom and I don't feel like rummaging up an extension cord--I think the old one has been chewed up by bunnies--so I am satisfying myself with waft instead of full on blast of cool air.

it's nice. lisagail asked me if it was like atlanta here and I said oh gods no the humidity is low when it is hot and it cools off at night. in atlanta in the summer a 90 degree day will be followed by an 80 degree night and the humidity always hovers around 70% or so and there is no wind unless you get a thunderstorm and of course I was terrified of those.

I guess here the heat only kicks up thunderstorms over the sierra and still not so much even there, right? no humidity to drive them. it's more like desert heat I guess and if I'm going to be the desert aficionado I claim to be I suppose that I had better learn to like this style of hot.

of course when I am a rich and famous poet I will only make my winter home in the desert. summers will be spent as close to the arctic circle as I can get.

or maybe in the southern hemisphere. really it is possible with modern technological advances in transportation never to experience summer at all! goodness me. what am I doing here; I should be in australia.

I remember one particularly hot heatwave in atlanta and my mother telling me well it's hot everywhere and I thought to myself no that can't be right there is no way that this sort of heat can be infinite and omnipresent. I was right of course even if it was 90 in san francisco that day they had a much cooler night here.


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Jun. 23rd, 2006 03:41 am (UTC)

I laugh because it is /so/ dry here in Colorado that the last time I was in the Bay Area I was totally overcome by how humid it felt. I never would have called it humid there before I came here.


Glad it's cooling down.
Jun. 23rd, 2006 03:48 am (UTC)
well it can be humid here: those partly cloudy, high 60s-low 70s days that I hate even more than I hate dry 90 degrees because the other really reminds me of the deep south. on those days I stay inside and sulk. days like today I just stay inside and pity myself. it doesn't remind me of georgia at all, this heat.

humidity here today was around 20%. how does that compare? it apparently has risen this evening to 100% near the panhandle which makes me wonder just where the fog is. I can't see any from here.
Jun. 23rd, 2006 03:59 am (UTC)
we have a cloud cover right now, so the humidity is at 77%. it'll rain tonight. actually, it's doing this thing where it rains and never hits the ground. Virga. i think that 77% is way up above me, because it feels pretty damn dry here at the moment.

but i cannot explain to you how it differs. our humidity is normally 10% or less. but even your 20% on a warm day wipes me out - it did the last 2 times i was there, last summer especially. and it's an odd humidity because it's laden with salt.

as for the panhandle's current humidity - it's right there on that odd corridor of fog that creeps in over the Cliff House, through the park, and then above the mission. How i miss that. How I miss Albany, where the fog blasts right at you from the Gate, while in Oakland proper it's still dry as could be.

oh god, and how i loved to watch the fog POUR over the top of twin peaks.

funny. R just called totally bitching about the heat, and I told her to wait for that vacuum action that sucks the fog in. i guess it happened tonight, huh?

also funny is how all of a sudden my flist got lit up tonight with bay areans rejoicing for the coolness, even down in the south bay. :)
Jun. 23rd, 2006 04:10 am (UTC)
yeah when I see the panhandle humidity at 100% I know that relief is on the way. I adore watching the fog pour over twin peaks too; it's been too long since I hiked up into it while it poured down around me but I sweat so hard these days that I would freeze my ass off once I got up there. I used to hike up with an extra shirt in my backpack--I guess that would have to be the way to go.

yeah that little wind shift from NE to W is like a miracle every time it happens.

I've lived in salt-filled air now for almost 20 years. I'm so used to it I don't know how I'd feel living in a place where you can't smell the sea.
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