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July 07, 2017


Kathy Lynn Emerson

Wow, Kris. I have trouble even imagining it being that hot, although I agree with you about humidity making heat so much worse. Here in Maine, five small tornadoes touched down during one storm last week. That's unheard of for us. I think your theory about living where we can tolerate the expected natural disaster is right. Give me a blizzard over a heatwave or a hurricane every time.


We missed out on June gloom here in So Cal (expect for the weekend I did the Camp Pendleton Mud Run). It's been triple digits most days. I went for a run last night, and it was 95 when I left at 7 PM.

But I don't mind. I hate snow, and I prefer warm weather, so I'm not complaining too much.

Ellie Enos

We survived 4 years in Tucson, but we changed our patterns. I baked bread at night, and also hung out clothes. I would pick them in before 6:00 AM. The had 24 hour supermarkets in the early 70's and it was so convenient.

The first year we moved to Arizona from New Jersey, they had an inch of snow and all the parents kept their kids home from school. We had picnics on Mt. Lemon, but discovered that you get more sunburned at the higher altitude, because you feel less in need of sunscreen.

Ruth Krieger

We moved to Oklahoma from Ohio, and the lower humidity was delightful. We learned to prepare for and stay calm during tornadoes. But now our area has been called "the earthquake center of North America"...wonder what's next???? (Not real sure I want to know.)

Elaine Viets

Jeez, Kris. I like it warm, but prefer some humidity. I must be part lizard. Florida had a surprisingly cool spring -- in the 70s -- but now it's in the 90s and so is the humidity. Welcome to the swamp.


Kathy, I saw a meteorologist on TV once talking about what causes tornados. He also mentioned they're spreading into areas where the traditional conditions that are known to cause tornados don't exist, and how that's puzzling meteorologists. He did reference an area east of the Midwest, but not as far east as Maine! That's scary.


Mark, I know Southern California has been sharing our heat wave. I actually like a little dusting of snow in the winter, but I sure don't want to shovel it. I guess this heat is how we pay for that.


Ellie, what a good idea! But while I also like baking bread -- when it's not too hot to turn the oven on -- I suspect I'm too lazy to bake it at night. It is true that people here do over-react to a bit of snow, and you do burn faster at altitude.


Ruth, you have my sympathy about the earthquakes -- I had heard that about Oklahoma. We moved to Arizona because we didn't want to live through another home-destroying earthquake in SoCal. That tested my theory about living where we can tolerate the natural disasters.


Elaine, I think it's great that in such a big country, we can all find what we like, or at least, can tolerate.


Hey Kris, we moved back to Phoenix this winter after 30 years in Florida and I LOVE it. 105 feels like the lower 90s in Florida. Sure, 120 is uncomfortable, but we stay indoors during the afternoon and do our errands in the early morning. We are finding new recipes for dinner so as to minimize oven use. In cold climes, you hunker down when it's below freezing (or whatever your body can tolerate.) Here we hunker down during heat.
I loved your cartoons.


Andi, you are so right about people in cold climates hunkering down when it's super cold. Someone from MN actually said that to me the other day, when she said, "I could live here." She went on to say how she functions with the cold, and it's really similar to what you've described. Welcome back to AZ!

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