I was in Wisconsin for the flooding of ’93, and I’m glad to be missing this episode. However…
Meanwhile, here in Texas it has been spectacularly hot, with many daily records falling. Hopefully at least the record-setting will stop before July and August. The new Texas weather/climate blog atmo.sphere (heh) has some nomenclature to help us parse the monotonous weather calendar:
Languages created in very cold climates develop lots of terms for snow. It’s about time we came up with a vocabulary to describe the different types of hot and humid. Such as:
* doggy: Weather typical of the dog days of summer; light winds, high humidity; nothing remarkable for southeast Texas. It wears on you after a while.
* bearish: Similar to doggy, but with a bit more of a breeze, so that sweat has a fighting chance to evaporate. This weather’s a bit more bearable.
* murky: More common late in the summer, when the East Coast haze invades these parts. Visibility is poor, air quality is poor. Tim Heller suggests calling this “dirty humidity”.
* brackish: Sort of like a stagnant swamp, when very light winds allow the ozone to build up in Houston. Generally rather unhealthy, especially for asthmatics.
* light and crispy: Air from the deep tropics, though humid, is quite clear. The cloud formations can be spectacular. Analogous to “crisp” fall weather, with fine visibility and terrific light. Even the stars are bright.
* soggy: Hot and humid with rain. Water doesn’t know whether it’s supposed to be coming down or going back up, so it does both. ‘Nuff said.
* haughty: Every once in a while, we get a blast of summer air from the west. It’s drier than normal, and also hotter. This lets us brag about how hot it is, and feel proud that we’re from Texas and we can take it.
Now that I have a complete vocabulary suited to our weather, here’s my weather forecast for the next ten days:
Thursday through Saturday: bearish
Sunday through next Thursday: brackish
Next Friday: light and crispy
Next weekend: murky
Great. I’m watching “Fargo” tonight for some reason.