Is it time to go or, How hot was yesterday?

We were amused at the number of people packing up and fleeing the resort over the past two weeks. Aren’t these folks heading to the freezer? After all, they are heading to Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, even Canada. And it isn’t like we’ve even been hot in Okeechobee, right?

That was until yesterday. Now we know. Hot has arrived. Not the ceaseless, burning, dry, all-penetrating hot we experienced in Bakersfield last August. [Read about our experience with desert heat in this article.] No, this is Florida warm and muggy. Yesterday wasn’t even all that hot, some people would remind us. Our outside temperature “only” hit 92 degrees F.

I played two hours doubles tennis, hit the pool with Debbie for a couple of hours, and we returned to the find the Airstream interior temperature just under 100 degrees F. We’re really hot, and our house is an oven, even with all the windows open.

Do you exercise/test your generator at least monthly? NFPA 110 requires at least monthly load tests with a load of at least 30 percent of nameplate rating. How else can you know it will start and properly operate? We must maintain and check these things before we need the juice.

So goes our excuse yesterday afternoon for our roof-mounted air conditioner. We last ran it, as best we can remember, last September in Bakersfield, Ca. The a/c needed a load test, and a 92 degree day would be perfect to show the a/c can (or not) still cool our Airstream. And it did so magnificently. After only an hour we turned it to low fan and 80 degrees. No problems. What a comfort to know it is ready if we should ever need it again.

We tip our hat to the many folks already heading north. We did not, but apparently they knew this was to be the hot one. Janet and Mike left two days ago, heading for Illinois. They are stopping along the way to enjoy nice weather north of here and south of there. They might find the best of all weather along the way. We hope so. And we wish for all the other snowbirds all the best in their travels and hope they have decent weather upon arrival.

This morning started at 68 degrees outdoors. Pretty nice so far. Today we can find cool in the pool and with the nice breezes softly whistling through our Airstream’s large window screens. The palm fronds are waving and bouncing in the wind. Maybe we won’t need to test the a/c again today?

Next year we may welcome the prospect of bugging out of here before the end of March. We’ll just have to see.

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2 responses to “Is it time to go or, How hot was yesterday?

  1. Most people start bailing out on southern AZ in mid-March and April, too. What’s the plan for the next stop?

  2. Randy and Debbie just got home from Okeechobee Monday afternoon. They will head back down in mid-October to enjoy the wonderful fall weather Florida offers. Kentuckians know about hot/humidity! I’m sure former North Carolinians do as well!!

    We had a Fire Safety Specialist in our office this morning, and in our discussions he said one should invert and shake up their dry chemical fire extinguisher every month. I haven’t done that yet and it’s going on 3 years. He said the settling of the chemical is due to condensation when the tank is filled mixing with the powder. He also said using one of these around computer equipment will ruin them. The chemical evidently is acidic enough in the keyboards to render them inoperable.
    I guess you two will be heading north too sometime soon!

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