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Thursday, July 21. 2011
How they make Chili in Brit pubs
Classic, with no beans. I don't mind beans, though.
"Frank didn’t quite make 85, but he took off, anyway, down the mountain ahead of us carrying the load of meat."
How hot is it? Well, it does sound more alarming when you use the heat index: Shock forecast: NOAA predicts heat index of 116 in Washington, D.C. Friday
Hearing that heat index makes you feel hotter, same as the wind chill factor makes you feel colder when you hear it. How about treating me like a reasonably intelligent person and just giving me the temp, the humidity, and the wind speed?
Powerline on Poverty, American Style
How to undress a lady
Removing her corset is an art form
Whitebark pine tree faces ‘imminent’ extinction from climate change?
End Regulatory Overreach - Metastasizing regulations are strangling our economy. We need to hold Congress accountable.
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"Well, it does sound more alarming when you use the heat index"
And they're even lying about that. The accompanying map shows us in the Keys with a "feels like" index of 105, but it hasn't gone above 98 all week, nor will it today.
The Ferrara article is excellent. Let's hope to hell he's right.
Here's how you tell how hot it is....
not complaining, being from TX, but wonder why the graphic doesn't say "Tennessee Lowest" ?
Yeah, the heat index number is more shocking, makes headlines stand out. I think they needed something to compliment the "wind chill factor."
It does several things:
Allows them to advance the narrative du jour.
It also lets people think they have it hard. Never mind that our ancestors, those souls who trekked across prairie and mountain to settle this continenet, ALSO had heat indeces and wind chills to deal with, but they were satisfied just listing the temperature. (Actually many just dealt with it. The world is what it is, and they made the most of it.)
Now people think they have it worse b/c our numbers are exaggerated. And oh, don't you think that means the gov't should get involved?
Can Governor Romney explain to us why this record is something in which we should take comfort? I'm sure it's not all his fault, but an enterprising reporter for the Herald could help us by explaining where the state was ranked in per capita state debt when he got into office, where it was when he left, and what he did about this terrible situation.
The whole idea behind the "real feel" or "heat index" or whatever its called is curious. How can you tell what the "real feel" is for any given temperature? Personally, I like the way my good friend, studio jazz bassist and guitar collector supreme Tim Schnautz describes heat - "Its hotter than the hubs of Hell today". That about sums it up. :>)
Funny you should mention heat index. I was reading some history about the Confederate and Union iron clads and it occurred to me that day time engagements in one of those beasts must have been torture in terms of heat during the summer. And think about fighters like Francis Marion and his men who spend a lot of time in the swamps during the Revolutionary War. In wool clothing. Man that must have been tough.
The Battle of Monmouth --which gave rise to the legend of Molly Pitcher (bringing water to the troops) --fought in midsummer New Jersey, killed by some reports a third of the KIA by heatstroke. Day-long battle, not much water, must have been hellish.
Re: "Hearing that heat index makes you feel hotter, same as the wind chill factor makes you feel colder when you hear it. How about treating me like a reasonably intelligent person and just giving me the temp, the humidity, and the wind speed?"
Nonsense numbers of course, using 2 parts of what is essentially a 3 part equation, Air Temperature, Humidity and Wind Speed, and a different 2 parts each time, to get the scary result they are looking for.
The correct measure is via the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature and the Occupational Health folks agree:
"What index should workplaces use to monitor conditions that may result in heat-related illness?
Occupational (Industrial) hygienists recommend using the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) index to measure workplace conditions. This method closely relates to the human body's response to heat.
The WBGT measurement takes into account air temperature, air movement, radiant heat and humidity. There are direct-reading WBGT meters. These are also called "heat-stress indicators," commercially available. The WBGT measurements can then be related to the physical demands of the job. Only qualified professionals, whether they be in-house staff, consultants, or from the local occupational health and safety regulatory agency, should perform the measurement.
Direct comparison between WBGT and humidex is not possible--there are no conversion tables or mathematical formulas to do such conversions. However, one can estimate WBGT and humidex for a given ambient air temperature and humidity when radiant heat sources (hot and cold surfaces) are absent and air movement is less than 0.5 m/sec. (100 feet per minute). Under these conditions the globe temperature equals room temperature and the natural wet bulb temperature (on the WBGT apparatus) is approximately 2°F (1.1°C) higher than the wet bulb temperature measured using a psychrometer."
PS. I think you can blame most of it on us Canuks, but a good read on the whole issue is here, http://ptaff.ca/humidex/?lang=en_CA
The information regarding WA state is not correct. How could it be? Those people have no idea of what truth, or fact are. Of course, they collect a lot more tax per gallon of gas so. . .
With regard to clothes and sex, if we acknowledge that some type of clothes are more sexually stimulating than why in the hell isn't someone doing something about the monsters who are designing/selling children's clothes. You can see them in any department store, Nordstrom's, Dillards, Macy's being just a few.
Of course United Colors of Benetton has already been caught deliberately doing this and have since tried to clean up their act.
Here is a page of bathing suits for 4-7 year old girls. You will notice that the "innocent" suits have live models, but the suits with the itzy bitzy teenie weenie bikinis are not shown with live models. The manufacturer's and the retailer know why--they get the message they are selling-- they just don't want to be caught doing it!
How about those Sexy little Pumps for 5 year old little girls--you know the kind and what we call them when adult women are wearing them.
WHY are parents allowing this to be done to their little baby girls? I don't mind cute little two piece suits, what I mind are those that are deliberately designed in the same way as a nearly nude suit is designed for adults. I mind that little girls 5 years old are wearing high (for them) heeled sandals instead of a flat sandal. Just like I don't mind if you pierce their ears before they really understand the choice you are making for them. Just be sure to put a small earring in--do not put long, dangling earrings on five year old babies.
Ok--so much for that rant! Lest we forget:
Thanks for the link! I'm adding you to my blog roll.
My seven year old daughter made that chilli (double l over here) and came a very creditable second to the overall winner. Keep it simple works.