with Lorelle and Brent VanFossen

Have I Told You I Hate the Heat?

URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
1200 PM CDT SAT JUL 23 2005

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOBILE HAS ISSUED A HEAT ADVISORY FOR SOUTHWEST ALABAMA…THE NORTHWEST FLORIDA PANHANDLE AND A PORTION OF EXTREME SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI.

AFTERNOON TEMPERATURES IN THE MID TO UPPER NINETIES COMBINED WITH A HIGH MOISTURE CONTENT WILL RESULT IN HEAT INDICES RANGING FROM 107 TO 112 DEGREES. SLIGHTLY WARMER TEMPERATURES WILL OCCUR ON SUNDAY…
WITH SLIGHTLY HIGHER HEAT INDICES AS WELL. NIGHTTIME TEMPERATURES WILL NOT OFFER MUCH RELIEF FROM THE HEAT…WITH LOWS TYPICALLY IN THE UPPER SEVENTIES.

URBAN AREAS WILL HAVE AFTERNOON HIGH TEMPERATURES AND HEAT INDICES THAT ARE A FEW DEGREES HIGHER STILL…MAKING FOR AN EVEN MORE DANGEROUS HEAT STRESS SITUATION.

SLOW DOWN AND TAKE YOUR TIME TODAY AND SUNDAY AND SPEND MORE TIME IN AIR-CONDITIONED PLACES. STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES SHOULD BE REDUCED… ELIMINATED OR RESCHEDULED TO THE COOLEST TIME OF THE DAY…USUALLY BETWEEN 400 AM AND 700 AM. STAY INDOORS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. IF AIR CONDITIONING IS NOT AVAILABLE…STAY ON THE LOWEST FLOOR…OUT OF THE SUNSHINE. ALSO…TRY TO GO TO A PUBLIC BUILDING WITH AIR CONDITIONING EACH DAY FOR SEVERAL HOURS. REMEMBER…ELECTRIC FANS DO NOT COOL THE AIR…BUT THEY DO HELP SWEAT EVAPORATE…WHICH COOLS YOUR BODY.

WATER IS THE SAFEST LIQUID TO DRINK DURING HEAT EMERGENCIES. AVOID DRINKS WITH ALCOHOL OR CAFFEINE IN THEM. THEY CAN MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD BRIEFLY…BUT MAKE THE HEATS EFFECTS ON YOUR BODY WORSE. THIS IS
ESPECIALLY TRUE ABOUT BEER…WHICH DEHYDRATES THE BODY.

NEVER LEAVE ANYONE IN AN UN-AIRCONDITIONED CAR WITH THE WINDOWS UP…TEMPERATURES INSIDE A CAR WITH THE WINDOWS UP CAN REACH OVER 150 DEGREES QUICKLY…RESULTING IN HEAT STROKE AND DEATH.

A HEAT ADVISORY IS ISSUED WHENEVER HEAT INDICES ARE EXPECTED TO BE AT LEAST 107 DEGREES FOR THREE HOURS OR MORE WITH OVERNIGHT LOW TEMPERATURES IN THE UPPER SEVENTIES OR MORE.

You know it’s bad enough when the weather radio alarm goes off, television and radios warn of the horrible heat temperatures and indexes, and when my Internet browser weather warnings start flashing alerts at me…but gees, do they have to type the alerts in captial letters? Hasn’t NOAA and the National Weather Service learned to announce their alerts and warnings in lower case letters??

Or maybe just sum it all up by saying, “DAMN, IT’S HOT. STAY COOL.”

Duh!

You know, I’ve been under terrorist alerts, smog alerts, poor air quality alerts, tornados alerts, hurricane alerts, flood alerts, and even homeland security alerts. But now a HEAT ALERT!

I HATE HEAT!!!!!

Just thought you should know.

Lorelle, from Mobile, Alabama, aka Hell

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