An early season heat wave has been sweeping across the USA.
Last week, heat scorched the Great Plains, turning it to desert. The week before, heat baked Alaska, turning it to dessert.
The hot weather has reached the East, where people are sweating buckets. Bruised toes have been reported from falling buckets.
Experts are all over TV with advice on how to cope with the hot weather:
.. Drink fluids to relieve thirst.
.. Seek shade as shelter from the sun.
.. Shed heavier clothing (parkas, overcoats, etc)
.. Older people should let younger people do the shoveling.
Brown-outs are occurring due to high air conditioning use. The electric company has urged customers to turn off their AC during the heat of the day. Units can be turned back on when the temperature cools. Thermostats should be set at 85 to 90 degrees, depending on personal comfort levels.
People are being urged to check their 401K statements – for the chilling effect. Banks are encouraging customers to come in for loans, promising an icy response.
In the blue states, global warming is being blamed. In the red states, the blue states are being blamed.
The weather bureau is promising a normal May. We got a normal May in 1923, so there’s a precedent.
-- Robert Brault