She took me half the way there

Joe’s metaphor for the weather up in Indiana:

You remember that PT chick from your randy youth. She goes on a date, gives a few lingering kisses, lets you fondle her boobage through her tight sweater. The next date she shows a little thigh and leaves you excited, overheated, and wanting more. The “more” is never delivered. That is the way Mother Nature has been lately. She darkens the sky with some clouds. Sometimes she brings on the wind and thunder, but never more than a light mist of rain. She teases us with that long soaking we need, but laughs as we get all excited for nothing.

Apart from the fact that no such chick appeared at any time during my decidedly unrandy youth, this description works pretty well down here on the scorched Plains: the oh-so-slight chance of rain yesterday morning dissipated almost as quickly as you could point and say “Were those clouds?” and we still wound up with a record for the, um, century. Since 1891 we’ve hit 113 degrees F, which may or may not mean “Fahrenheit,” exactly twice: 11 August 1936 and 3 August 2012.


  1. Kim »

    4 August 2012 · 6:43 pm

    I feel your pain retrospectively. Last year was the saison d’en fer or en fer, or I forget since my French degree has escaped me. Drought. No rain. Scary ass waiting.

    I pray for rain for y’all. I seriously do. Because we may end up moving to Norman and I don’t want all the surroundings to be burnt out.

  2. CGHill »

    4 August 2012 · 7:00 pm

    Well, there was a nasty fire in the Lake Thunderbird area this weekend, but in fact, rainfall in central Oklahoma is running only about 15-20 percent below normal this year, though the summer (two inches since the first of June) has been seriously parch-inducing.

    A brief search, and I discovered that yesterday was actually hotter than that day in 1936: the low (so to speak) was 82 then, 84 now.

  3. Tatyana »

    4 August 2012 · 9:13 pm

    I can not imagine that. Escapes my imagination. I was practically dying when here it was a mere 98F (with humidity approaching same #….).

  4. CGHill »

    4 August 2012 · 9:20 pm

    On the upside, the humidity at the time was a mere 15 percent or thereabouts, so the heat index barely even grazed 110. You can still breathe in something like that, though you worry about having various body parts blowtorched in a matter of seconds. Get 98 degrees and humidity around 60 percent, and the heat index goes to 122 and you feel like you’re trying to aspirate vichyssoise.

  5. Roger Green »

    5 August 2012 · 8:44 am

    I feel your pain. It was only 93F here.

  6. Old Grouch »

    5 August 2012 · 9:11 pm

    Well, we got 1-1/2″ of rain in Indianapolis early this morning, which was more than we’d received in June *and* July put together. Some people got to play with power saws afterward, I just lost my lights for 6 hours…

  7. CGHill »

    5 August 2012 · 9:24 pm

    Which often as not is a waste, since the ground by this point has the porosity of basalt and all that water runs off instead of doing something for crops and lawns and other thirsty life forms.

    Official rainfall for OKC in July was 0.39 inches, and none of it fell later than the 11th.

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