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Monday, April 27, 2015

Weather

A/Z - if it is cold, I am not a happy me

W - Weather

So far in the almost four months we have lived here, the weather has been relatively pleasant, except this past weekend when it was cold, windy, and rainy.  The "natives" say this past winter was a "mild" one (for which I'm glad).  We had low 20's for the nights but would warm up to mid 50's to 60's, even a few 70's in winter.  We got some rain, a few snow showers (save for that 6 inches of snow that snowed the first day we moved here).  

Worse thing I can say about the weather here so far is the humidity.  It is low.  Very low.  Sometimes in the mid teen's.  So its very dry here.  Dry skin.  You can get shocked if you touch something here, its that dry.

So we run a humidifier 24/7.  That keeps the humidity inside the house between 35-40% which is comfortable, not super dry, we don't get shocked and its good for hubby's guitars.  

I like our humidifier.  Has a night light on it for night.  

And it does help combat the dryness.



How's the weather like today where you live?

49 comments:

TARYTERRE said...

Temps here have been chilly well below normal for this time of year. Glad you can protect your husband's guitars from the dryness there. I love that humidifier you have. Great shape and a nightlight too. how cool.

EcoCatLady said...

It's been raining all day here in Denver, which is a real rarity. Usually our rain comes in the form of thunderstorms, so it's sort of a pleasant change to have a slow steady rain all day. The plants are loving it!

Rhonda Albom said...

Interesting. I thought our weather was more similar, except for the opposite seasons. Your extremes are bigger, you low is lower and we need a DE-humidifier all winter.

Wendy said...

We are having the coldest April ever. We had to turn the heat on yesterday. It took forever for spring to get here and now it's cold again. I'm not happy either.

When we visited Arizona, I was prepared for the dry heat. Sort of. The heat didn't bother me the way it does here in Virginia which has humidity on steroids. But my skin couldn't get enough lotion. I looked part-alligator most of the time.

Stephanie Faris said...

They say the heat in Nashville is far worse because of the oppressive humidity. From about May 'til October you walk outside and can barely breathe, the air is so thick with it. BUT...it does keep your skin really well moisturized. I think the humidifier will really help cut down on all the dryness. The biggest place you'll notice it is in your skin if you don't do something. My sister moved to Chicago and developed eczema soon after. I always wondered if her skin just couldn't adjust to the loss of constant moisture!

Bijoux said...

That is a nice humidifier. We run a dehumidifier in our basement all summer. It is loud and ugly!

Weather today is rainy and mid-40's, but supposed to be in 60's by next weekend. Nobody lives here for the weather.

lyndagrace said...

Low humidity sounds like it would be a good thing. But I guess there is such a thing as too low.
We are still waiting for spring. It’s going to be in the 50’s this week down at the Jersey shore. But at least it’s not raining. Nice to see the sun.

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

I do like it warm and sunny and we were blessed with a day like that yesterday. In the winter we need humidifiers and in the summer dehumidifiers. The air conditioning takes care of that inside when it heats up. Our temps are below normal for this time of year. Today is a cloudy one and it's a chilly 37 this morning . It's supposed to warm up in the 50's and 60's this week.

Pat Hatt said...

Wow, that is dry. Need a good balance as too much humidity sucks too.

Joanne Noragon said...

We included a humidifier with the last furnace. It almost does the job.

Linda said...

Good Morning Betty! We have a beautiful sunshiny morning today. The temp is 39 degrees. The students are out for before school recess in light weight jackets. The temp is supposed to reach upper 60's by the end of the week. We are anxiously waiting for the leaves to pop!

susie said...

42.8 degrees, 72% humidity, Sunny

I have a fancy weather thermometer.

Intense Guy said...

It's a nice sunny spring day here - the flowing bushes, trees, and flowers are in full bloom and the grass suddenly is green (and needs cutting) again!

Eileen T said...

It's a lovely spring day here and warm enough to go without a coat. No more wearing tights until the winter so I'm a happy bunny!

Lux G. said...

It's a little humid here outside but inside the house is a pretty comfy weather. Not too hot and not too cold. :)

Have a wonderful week ahead. :)

Lux G. said...

It's a little humid here outside but inside the house is a pretty comfy weather. Not too hot and not too cold. :)

Have a wonderful week ahead. :)

Lux G. said...

It's a little humid here outside but inside the house is a pretty comfy weather. Not too hot and not too cold. :)

Have a wonderful week ahead. :)

Chrys Fey said...

That's a neat looking humidifier. Here, in Florida, it is hot, hot, hot. It feels like we skipped spring and went straight to summer.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

You are probably use to the humidity from living near the ocean. We are pretty dry here in Riverside. Actually today's reading is 14%. However if you are getting shocked then I would use a humidifier too. We need that in Chicago when the house was so dry from running the heat all the time.

Paula Kaye said...

I think that low humidity sounds wonderful. I love the temps but hate the humidity in the South. It is cooler here today that we have been having. And it is grey and dreary!

Claire Noland said...

It is a glorious day here! It rained almost an inch a few days ago (yes, it seems like a miracle to us) so everything is clean and fresh. Time to go for a walk.

Greenpatches said...

Some glorious sunshine here in the UK around lunchtime, but it's turned chilly again now.

Linda said...

Beautiful! I prefer indoors the few days of summer when it's too humid.

Kate Brainerd said...

A humidifier would be nice here in Utah as well. I haven't had one since the kids were little, but it would sure be pleasant. It snowed here yesterday, but now the weather is trying to warm up.

Keith's ramblings said...

Don't need one here, but I have to say that is a very nice looking machine! Oh, in answer to your final question it's sunny warm here. Lovely!

Keith's Ramblings

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Very windy here and not too warm. Cold at night even for spring. Looking for a little more warmth.

Saleslady371 said...

Yes it was cold here too over the weekend and rainy. Those dramatic skies!

Someday I will have to tell you about the amazing Women Ministry outreaches I have enjoyed in Prescott. A beautiful place for sure.

Elizabeth said...

Here in Oklahoma it is incredibly windy right now and it's probably going to rain soon. In the summer, the humidity here is terribly high. I much prefer the Arizona dry heat.

Birgit said...

It's beginning to warm up. Last Thursday we had snow but thankfully it did not stay. By the weekend we were up around 12 C I guess around 51 of which I am happy

Sean @ His And Her Hobbies said...

The weekend was cold and wet but today was warmer. It was about 67F/17C today and mostly sunny.

I have a humidifier that I started using on Christmas day during the colder, drier months as it was recommended to me by my doctor to prevent me from getting bronchitis once or twice each winter. So far its worked wonders.

Sean at His and Her Hobbies

Jeff Bushman said...

When I lived in California it was like that. So hot and without humidity you felt as if you were burning.

J E Oneil said...

Your weather is enviable! Low twenties would have been a warm front during the day during my last winter :). And according to my hair, it's been quite humid...

Sophia Camaya said...

I live in Bellingham and the weather is normally a drizzly rain and gloomy but today it is a wonderful 72.

Megan Whitson Lee said...

I almost wrote about weather, too! Our weather here is a little chilly for this time of year (50ish) and threatening to rain. I would have to do the same if I lived where you did as my sinuses dry out badly. Other than that, though, I'd sort of like to be where you are. I like dry heat and dessert nights!

Jo said...

Getting to be springlike but still not that warm yet. You wouldn't like it I think. I believe we made 12°C today

Mevely317 said...

I never thought about the effects of humidity (or lack thereof) on guitars!

Sounds as if we're at opposite ends of the weather spectrum, Betty. :)
One of Arizona's biggest appeals (to me) was the low, low humidity. Not a fan of precipitation!

Liz A. said...

Ooh, I do not enjoy it when it's that dry. There are times when everything metal I touch shocks me, and that bugs me so much I get tentative about touching things. Very tentative. I kind of look crazy.

Maria Zannini said...

I used to think north Texas was dry until I visited Arizona.

Wowser!

We've suffered drought for four years, but this year may end it. Our lakes are nearly all back to normal now. We've had a lot of rain.

Not always convenient, but definitely welcomed.

Nick Wilford said...

The weather here doesn't know whether it's coming or going, but that's normal for April in Scotland. We can go from broad sunshine to sleet, hail and snow in a few minutes!

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

I like your humidifier - it looks very space age :) Here is is cold, but sunny - we have cold winds coming from the north at the moment. It was nice and warm last week (well for us - probably really cold for you ;)).
Tasha
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Secret Agent Woman said...

I guess a lot of folks move to Arizona for the low humidity? I'm with you, though - I have super dry skin already. Of course, I love in the foothills of a temperate rain forest so I'm used to humidity.

Chatty Crone said...

Well I never thought about it being too dry there. Wish I could send you some of our rain! lol

Danielle L Zecher said...

I can't imagine that! We have a dehumidifier under the house as part of a termite mitigation/prevention thing, and a small one inside.

We're supposed to be cold (dropping down into the low 40s, maybe even high 30s!) and rainy tomorrow. I'm not looking forward to that, but at least the weekend is supposed to be nice.

Veronica Lee said...

Ours is the opposite. The humidity is very high here - great for the skin but bad for my cookies. It causes color bleeds in my royal icing.

Beverly Fox said...

Our winter was relatively rough, though nothing in comparison to past years where we got slammed with a lot more snow. I've never lived in a part of the country that didn't have snow- sounds like you'd hate it.

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Mostly humid here; a dehumidifier would be most welcome.

netablogs said...

I experienced Phoenix for a few days in March and the weather was perfect for me! It was in the low 70's. Here where we are in south central BC, it's a little cooler than that right now, but in the mid summer it will get to the 90's-- too hot, unless there is a cool basement or a pool in the backyard! :)

TBR/Committed Thoughts said...

It's a very pleasant spring so far in Alabama. Not too many bad storms, not too hot nor too chilly. Too often, we go right from winter to summer and it seems like no break from the extremes. This year..perfect spring.

We don't need humidifiers here, either. In the summertime, it's like breathing hot water at times.

DMS said...

It is finally warming up here. Today was in the 80s. It is pretty dry here in the winter and I get shocked all the time. A humidifier is a must during those cold dry months. The rest of the year has more humidity- sometimes a lot. Glad you are able to keep the moisture level up in your house.
~Jess