Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Heat Stroke



When I arrived in Houston, Texas last Thursday afternoon, the "rains" started within an hour.  There was no sunshine until late Saturday afternoon.  Also, a front had come through town, so it was cooler.

That is, until Monday.  I drove to Galveston for a very brief visit on Monday.  With the seabreeze, it was tolerable.  Then I crossed the causeway bridge for another brief visit where there was no sea breeze.

Holy Toledo!  You had to have a cloth to wipe the sweat off your face.  At 8AM!

I drove back into Houston yesterday afternoon.  Dressed in lightweight black slacks and a black tanktop, I walked over to the Farmer's market held on a asphalt parking lot adjacent to Rice University.  The time, 3:30PM. The temp, 92F.  By 4:30 when I arrived back at the house, my face was beet red.I was drenched in glistening perspiration.  I had to lay on the bed to cool off!

Obviously I am no longer acclimated to the mid 90's with 90% humidity in Houston.  I showered, and reclined for at least an hour to cool down.

I used to laugh at the term "heat stroke".  No more.  Not that that happened, but I sure felt funny for a while.

Today I scurried out at 9AM to get errands done.  I've been back in the air conditioned house since 1PM with no plans to leave til dusk.

NOW I remember how I used to live.............Air conditioning..

9 comments:

Tom said...

Actually it HAS cooled off considerably.

Shannon said...

Every time I go to Texas I get sick from going from freezing cold air conditioning in all the stores and restaurants to outside where it is hot and sticky. I prefer San Miguel. The rain seems to have passed and our beautiful weather is back. At least for the last 2 days.

Steve Cotton said...

It is 72 in the casita right now. And I am enjoying the breeze after a very pleasant siesta. I could get accustomed to this.

Life's a Beach! said...

Glad you're okay! We can handle dry heat, but not with humidity. We call it jungle heat!

gringosuelto said...

To me, this is the big drawback to Mérida, a city I love otherwise. But it has a positively Houstonian climate, and I had enough of that climate when I lived in Houston.

That said, I think it beats cold and ice and snow, especially the shoveling part.

Saludos,

Kim G
Boston, MA
Where fall is in the air, and we've had amazing sunny days with temps in the upper 60's.

angelinem said...

I just got back from San Antonio a few weeks ago. I was in an air conditioned house, but putting on make up in the morning consisted of several trips to stand under the ceiling fan to dry my face. I grew up in SA, but don't think I could stand that humidity any more.

Emilia said...

Ahh too bad I missed the boat on your visit! I live super close to Rice now. Let me know next time!

Babs said...

Em, I'll be back up in November for a longer period of time. We will DEFINITELY get together at that time.

This was a very fast, short trip.

Emilia said...

Ahh too bad I missed the boat on your visit! I live super close to Rice now. Let me know next time!