a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Saturday, May 17, 2014

we are burning up, literally

May and June are usually our cooler months.  They nickname May Gray and June Gloom because it is usually overcast and cool those two months, especially around the beach. 

Not this past week.  We have had record heat in a condition known as Santa Ana's, high winds, low humidity.  Miserable weather, especially if you don't have air conditioning.

Where we live, there is perhaps a total spread out over the whole spring/summer season 30 days top you might need air conditioning and usually not all lumped together, a few days here, a few days there, since we are about 5 miles from the ocean and get the benefit most days of the ocean breeze that comes on in the evenings.  It is a fact that no matter how warm the day is, certain times of the year, summer included, you will want to take a light jacket with you for the evening because it will cool down that much.

Our highest temperature this week where we were was 105 degrees.

May I mention again miserable, especially since we don't have air conditioning.

Yet we were not anywhere near the majority of the fires that have been in the news over the past week in the San Diego area. 

We personally are about 30 miles from the closest fire.  We see the smoke in the sky, but we don't smell it nor is there cinder falling from the sky like other places I've lived when they have had fires.

Its a fact.  If you live in Southern California, you will be affected by fires.  They will be fueled by the Santa Ana winds and there can and will be fire storms.  They will wipe out entire neighborhoods in a short period of time.  They are dangerous and they are to be taken seriously.

You look at the sky and you see the smoke and you get a feeling of dread in your stomach because you know it has started and you don't know how long it will last.

We are under extreme drought conditions. We hardly got any rain this year, same as last year.  There are talks of water rationing and we have already noticed they have dropped the water pressure in what comes out of our pipes.

It is dry out there. 

Very dry.

The typical fire season, if there is such a typical fire season, usually doesn't start this early.

It is scary.

While these particular fires weren't close to us, the next ones could be. 

It is so sad to watch the news and see houses destroyed.  But there was joy in a family who lost their home, but thought they also lost their dog, only to be reunited with him today.

There is relief from the heat coming in the next few days and we will be back to the usual conditions of the marine layer that comes in and cools us down.  We'll be back to the May Gray.  It will feel so good.

But I fear it will be a long season ahead. 

(Thank you for those who inquired that we were okay, so far, so good, but please pray for those that did lose their homes and for the firemen in extreme conditions fighting these fires)

43 comments:

joeh said...

Will also pray for rain.

TARYTERRE said...

My brother lives out there so I know how hot it can be and with the drought, dry. I am glad you are safe from the fires. I hope things cool off and you get some relief soon.

Bijoux said...

The weather seems to be particularly crazy this year. Our area had three to five inches of rain on Monday alone, which means major flooding, and it hasn't stopped raining. Wish we could send it your way.

Stephanie Faris said...

Oh wow...I hope the fires stay away! Will the temperature drop soon? That would be miserable without air conditioning. You can get one of those window units and at least keep it in one room of your house for the rare occasions you need it. We did that when our air went out on a holiday weekend a couple of years ago.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

That heat combined with the wind is devastating. Glad you are to cool back down. I hope that is not an indication that you will be hotter than usual this year. I will keep all those affected by the fires and the workers fighting them in my prayers. I wish we could send you some of our rain. It rained here all week. Hopefully today we'll see some sun. It's very cool too and yesterday had to turn the heat back on as we got into the 40's overnight.

Michelle said...

So glad to hear you are ok.

noexcuses said...

So glad to hear you are okay. I spent the first 40+ years of my life living in Southern California. I have relatives in the San Diego area. Thank God they are okay. It seems so surreal that this is happening right now. Sending prayers for you, your family and everyone dear to you!

Pat Hatt said...

Hopefully the fires stay far far away from your bay and stop soon. Yuck to the heat, but beats snow, especially when you have AC haha

Linda said...

Bet you're looking forward to cool down, especially working from home. Brought flowers inside with frost advisories the past 4 nights and we are now in surplus with rain. Sorry to see such devastating fires. Stay safe in the heat.

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Jeanie said...

I have been wondering and hoping that the fires weren't near you. It has really been awful for so many. Doc's son lives in San Diego but the fires were not near them (about 20 miles away).
I hope the cool down comes soon and you can enjoy some "May Gray".

Robyn :) said...

Glad you guys are not in fire danger!! When I lived there I swore I would never live on or hear a hill lol.

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

We were headed back into too low rainfall here, until this past storm system moved through. Year before last was the driest year I'd ever seen here. Didn't like it one bit.

That same system brought us record low temps for May with low humidity, so we got to turn our A/C's off for the past five days. Starting to turn around to muggy, hot normal now.

Barbara
Life & Faith in Caneyhead

Paula Kaye said...

I have wondered if you were anywhere close to the fires. It is so sad and I can only imagine how scary it would be to live only 30 minutes away. We are having unseasonable weather here...in the 50's in the day and down to the 30's at night. The long term forecast for next week, however, shows we are heading to the 90's. Try to stay safe and cool.

Jo said...

So sorry the fires are bad and that the weather is boiling. Very scary conditions, hope it rains.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

That's true, haven't seen any June Gloom which always comes in May! I really loved the weather that you described when we lived in San Diego. Everything that has been happening is so sad and I'm really concerned about it this year because of our drought conditions. These have also been some of the worse Santa Ana winds I have seen in years. Keeping everyone in my thoughts and prayers. Debby

Secret Agent Woman said...

Wow, that's frightening. Hope you get rains soon.

Liz A. said...

Did it cool off for you today? I can feel a definite shift in temperature today. Much better.

Glad you're safe. And yeah, not looking forward to the rest of the summer.

Carol Noren Johnson said...

Praying for you and others I know in this area.

What is it they say about California? CA has four seasons:
* fires
* earthquakes
* mudslides
* and ?

Help me here. I am getting old and can't remember!!!

Bobbi and Gracie said...

How horrible these fires are! I am so glad you are not being affected by them. I hope and pray you get the rain that you so badly need!
You live that close to the beach?? Wow, that is so cool. (really cool, right?)

Tracy said...

No air conditioning? Yikes. I can't imagine living without that.

yaya said...

Betty, Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving a wonderful comment. I'm so glad you are OK with the fires and hope the temps do cool down soon. We've had very chilly, wet weather so far this spring. Wish I could ship some of our soggy yard to California! I'll come back to visit again. I have relatives in Cal....Riverside and I worry about the climate and earthquakes all associated with the area. Thanks again for your visit!

Chatty Crone said...

I do hope the fires stay away from you. I talked to my sister today and she is in LA. The temps are high there also. Funny we are in the 60's which is odd. I do hope it cools down for you soon.

Hollie said...

WOW!! That is hot! I'm so thankful you guys are safe!! Praying for you all!!

susie said...

No air? I would have wilted.

Birgit said...

Oh my-I didn't realize how close you are to the fires. We have been drenched in rain. I have been thinking about those families and wonder, "If I had to leave fast, what would I take aside from the animals?" I would take my laptop and documents of our family history and pictures since they can not be replaced. I don't even know if one has that time to do that. I hope it will not be as dry for you as last year. I am glad the people found their dog

Karen said...

Glad you are okay! I was just reading today about how "they" are expecting a bad fire season this year. We are the opposite...much cooler than average spring here...so cool that I can't imagine the pools opening next weekend!

Mevely317 said...

Oh good grief; I can't believe I missed this post ... have been thinking of you and well, just wondering. So glad to realize you're OK!
Hope by now you've some relief from the heat?
Hugs to Koda!

Shelly said...

Praying for rain for you!

Intense Guy said...

I hope you remain safe and the wildfires are brought under control soonest.

Jerralea said...

Bless your heart! Drought is so difficult - as is the opposite, flooding, of which I've been a victim. Natural disasters can affect all of us at some point in our lives. It's just a reminder that our world is broken, but someday God's children will live in a Home where the weather will always be perfect.

It also makes me very thankful on days when the weather is great!

Veronica Lee said...

So glad to know you are ok. It's the monsoon season over here and it has been raining every day. Just a couple of months ago, we were experiencing a prolonged drought and I was desperate for rain.

Praying for rain for you!

Sharon said...

The last part of last week the smoke from these fires finally drifted up to the mountains. After being evacuated for four days last summer because of a fire that came way-too-close to our town and home, I was very unnerved smelling smoke again. My cousin was evacuated, but their home was saved.

I'm with you, Betty, this season in California represents jittery nerves for me. The other evening, a firetruck arrived in our front drive. I freaked out. Turns out they were just there for a routine check, but it served to remind me that we are now in hot, dry fire season.

Prayers for all of us.

Grammy Staffy said...

I am relieved to know that you are OK and not close to the fires. I have a dear friend that lives in Vista right next to San Marcos. They rushed home from their vacation when friends told them how close the fire was. Luckily their home and neighborhood was spared. I'm sad for those who lost so much.
We live in the Riverside area where it is even hotter and dryer than the coast. Like you, I worry each time I see smoke in the sky. We've had big fires around us and it is scary. I hate these Santa Ana winds... and the hot, dry weather. Luckily, even though we are inland we still get the ocean breezes that cool us down at night.
Thanks for visiting my blog. I so enjoy hearing from you. Hugs, Lura

Veronica Lee said...

Hi again, Betty! Thanks for the follow! Right back at you!
Happy Tuesday!

Joseph Alsarraf said...

Oh, very sorry to hear that! I feel your pain with the no air condition and heat, it is no fun!

I hope your weather gets better and you get some cooler air.

I will defiantly pray for you and your community! : )

Weekend-Windup said...

Now a days climate changes every where. So we need to get adopted to live according to the climate!

Juli said...

I pray that you stay safe... and get some relief from the heat.

We are getting central air in two weeks. Frivolous yes, but I am excited none the less. Course, the way the season's going for us, I may not even need it this year. We're averaging 20 degrees colder than normal.

lyndagrace said...

I’m waiting until things calm down for me here and then I want to visit So. Cal. My husband spent summers there, particularly San Diego, and he always tells me how beautiful it is.
Each area of the world has their unique weather scourges. It is sad when destruction of life and property are the result.

Melanie said...

No air conditioning?! I'm in Southern Louisiana and I would pass out from the heat if we didn't have a/c.... Summer temps are well over 100 with 100% humidity. Yuck!
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Kat said...

So very scary. Praying for all affected by the fires and praying for rain as well.

The Brown Recluse said...

I haven't heard too much on the news lately...are they getting this under control, and are you all getting any relief in the form of rain?

Sean @ His And Her Hobbies said...

I remember how it was to live in fear of bush fires. Thankfully we lived far enough in town that our home were safe but every few years we would get a fire that would come close. Thankfully here in VA we dont get a lot of fire. Last one was when the peat in the nearby swamp caught on fire and even the passing hurricane didnt put it out.

Sean at His and Her Hobbies