Hot Enough For You?


Via Yoohoo:

AP photographer describes 128-degree heat

FURNACE CREEK, Calif. (AP) — Associated Press photographer Chris Carlson is no stranger to heat. He grew up just outside Palm Springs, Calif. On Friday, he returned to his desert roots, leaving his home near Los Angeles and driving to the hottest place on earth on one of the hottest days of the year. Below, he describes what it is like to be in triple digit heat in Death Valley:


By 9 a.m., the two bags of ice I loaded in the cooler are gone and the floor of my rental car looks like a storage bin at a recycling plant. Hydration is essential.

I know what to expect in Death Valley: Unrelenting heat so bad it makes my eyes hurt, as if someone is blowing a hair dryer in my face. I don’t leave CDs or electronics in the car because they could melt or warp. I always carry bottles of water.

But I still make mistakes. I forgot my oven mitts, the desert driving trick I learned as a teenager after burning my hands too many times on the steering wheel. And my rental car is black, adding several degrees to the outside temperature of 127. When the digital thermometer at the Furnace Creek visitor center ticks up to 128, a few people jump out of their cars to take a picture.

But wait! There’s more!

For all you Global Warming True Believers:

The record temperature for the region — and the world — is 134 degrees, reached a century ago.

I spent the summer of 1981 at Fort Irwin near Barstow, California. My Number One Son was born that June. If you look at a map you will see that Fort Irwin and Death Valley are ass-up to each other, even though there is no direct paved route between them.

I am familiar with Mojave heat. That is one of the places where the sun can kill you dead and not just from skin cancer. The desert is not a beach. It is a hostile environment for the unprepared.

You do not strip down to beat the heat, you cover up. Big hats (not ball caps) and loose, long-sleeved shirts are required during the day. Shoes are essential, gloves (or potholders) are recommended. Always carry water, even for short trips. Be sure to hydrate and stay in the shade (if you can find any). Travel by night.

FYI: I live about 5-6 hours from Fort Irwin. It’s a little cooler in Merced. Here’s what the local weather looks like:


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65 Responses to Hot Enough For You?

  1. lisadawn82 says:

    I remember spending time at NAWS China Lake in the summer. Stay in the shade and don’t touch anything metal.

  2. NewOrleans says:

    “When I prayed during the Winter months, I asked the Lord to make it warm. I did not say ‘Lord, please bring the Devil from Hell and have him sit his ass crack on Earth!’ That’s not what I asked for!”

  3. 1539days says:

    In New York, the question is “is it wet enough for you?” A near solid month of rain has created flooding in feet instead of inches.

    I blame the weather on gay marriage, which is almost as plausible as AGW.

  4. HELENK says:

    I live 40 miles east of Palm Springs. our temp today will be 105.
    I have food, books, computer, tv air conditioning. no need to go outside at all today. I am one of the lucky ones.
    Unless it is an emergency do not go out

  5. Meanwhile, in Indianapolis, we’ve had exactly two days that topped 90 degrees since the season started. We’re slated for under 85 for the entire week. 😉

  6. HELENK says:

    so if they want to live in their garages and claim they are being picked on because they can not, charge them $50 a day for parking in the streets. everybody wins

  7. votermom says:

    Facebook admits ‘mistake’ in blocking Fox News Radio commentator
    Anyone familiar with the work of Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes would recognize the inspiration behind the thoughts that he recently posted on Facebook. They’re steeped in the events of recent weeks and express contempt for certain currents of opinion:
    “I’m about as politically incorrect as you can get. I’m wearing an NRA ball cap, eating a Chick-fil-A sandwich, reading a Paula Deen cookbook and sipping a 20-ounce sweet tea while sitting in my Cracker Barrel rocking chair with the Gather Vocal Band singing ‘Jesus Saves’ on the stereo and a Gideon’s Bible in my pocket. Yes sir, I’m politically incorrect and happy as a June bug.”
    According to Fox News Insider, that message got Starnes banned from Facebook. The site sent him this message: “We removed this from Facebook because it violates our Community Standards. So you’re temporarily blocked from using this feature.” A Facebook spokeswoman confirmed the blocking.
    Those “Community Standards” are found right here. They outline 10 no-no areas for Facebook users: violence and threats, self-harm, bullying and harassment, hate speech, graphic content, nudity and pornography, identity and privacy, intellectual property, phishing and spam and security.

    FB = FascistBook

  8. DeniseVB says:

    We have that “pea soup” humidity here on the coastal VA, it sucks too. And why we pay mafia -like “protection” to our HVAC guys, oh wait, it’s called a “subscription” these days. The heat pump flakes out, they’re here within minutes to crank the old girl back up again….for free. 24/7.

  9. Jadzia says:

    Holy crap. It’s been FREEZING here since, well, last October. Then it was really, really nice out — perfect weather — for about two hours this morning. I guess that was “spring,” because now it’s like a furnace.

  10. votermom says:

    A theory

  11. votermom says:

    Presented without comment

  12. Constance says:

    A friend from Riverside CA called last night and I stupidly started talking about how bad our Seattle weather had been yesterday “it hit 86 here!, I can’t take it!” and how uncomfortable my workout was because of it. Did I ever feel bad when she told me it had been 114 there and was expected to be warmer the rest of the week and she can’t afford to have the air conditioning on.

  13. votermom says:

      • wmcb says:

        Yep. We ignored the Green revolution in Iran, and now we are actively discouraging the SECULARISTS in Egypt and supporting the Islamists.

        The excuse will be, “Yeah, but Morsi, for all his faults, is stability, and we need stability there.” BULLSHIT. If that were true, we could have just supported Mubarak. Why were we ok with helping destabilize him? Supposedly the idea was that more democratic secularists wanted to take over. Instead Islamists took over. And now we are going to fight tooth and nail to make sure the Islamists are not destabilized, by the very secularists that supposedly were the people we originally wanted to depose Mubarak?

        They are fucking lying. They never wanted secularists in control. They destabilized Mubarak because they WANTED the Islamists in there. It’s pretty clear at this point. Barack Obama is a fucking traitor, selling my country and the whole world down the river. Personally, I think the goddamned House of Saud owns his ass, and may own 2/3 of our govt at this point.

        It is no longer coincidence that every damn action by the USA results in more and more Islamist control, everywhere. It’s a glaring pattern.

        • Erica says:

          That’s what I am thinking and why doesn’t anybody notice this pattern??? He’s blinded everyone, yet to me he reeks of self-promotion, falseness, and hubris. I saw a picture tonight of him standing in Nelson Mandela’s prior jail cell, and all I could think of was a caption: “If I had a jail cell, it would look like this.” He meddles, he dazzles, and meanwhile our country goes down the tubes.

  14. HELENK says:

    oh oh did backtrack slip and talk about his college days. thought talking about those days was off limits

    • wmcb says:

      South Africa is turning into a Marxist hellhole. Oh, and they are trying hard to genocide the Afrikaaners who are left. You don’t hear about it on the Western news, but they are. The president has rallies where they sing “Kill all the Boers”.

      Apartheid was terrible. Guess what? So is white genocide. Hating white skin is just as horrific as hating black skin.

  15. HELENK says:

    backtrack lectures Africans on job creation.
    oh yeah since he created so many here

  16. HELENK says:

    live coverage of Egyptian protests

  17. myiq2xu says:
  18. HELENK says:

    backtrack tells press janitors to behave after they ask too many questions.

    I am not sure who I have move contempt for, the democratic party or the msm. both have sold out this country and that should never be forgotten

  19. myiq2xu says:

    For the second day in a row Catness and I are playing hide-and-seek and she is REALLY GOOD at this game.

    When I went to sleep she was in the house. All the doors and windows were still closed. I have searched everywhere and can’t find her.

    • HELENK says:

      any way she could get inside your walls? we used to have a cat that did that. drove us crazy.

    • angienc says:

      My Monty was like that — I remember one morning I was supposed to take him to the vet, couldn’t find him (and he wouldn’t come because he saw me take his carrier out) and I actually took the mattress & box spring off of my bed (thinking maybe he had gotten up into the box spring to hide) and still couldn’t find him (he was an indoor only cat so there was no chance he was outside). I rescheduled the appointment, went to work & came home to find him sitting on the chair in the middle of the disaster area that I had left of the house looking for him like nothing had happened.

      As to Catness, some free (unrelated) advice if you are going to make her an indoor/outdoor cat: for the first 2 weeks don’t let her outside at all, as she may try to find her previous owner; she has to *know* your place is where she now fed before letting her go outside.

    • votermom says:

      Maybe she can turn invisible.

  20. votermom says:

    Sarah op-ed on breitbart

  21. foxyladi14 says:

    When Obama compared GeorgeWashington to NelsonMandela, the they should have questioned his reasoning skills.
    We don’t expect our MSM to pick sides, to choose only the good or the bad news, but to give us it all and let us decide what it means. 🙂

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