The Temperature

Discussing the Weather before. (Part 1, 2, 3 and 4)

Sometimes I wonder if people in the UK who ask me what it is like to live in Houston really understand the problem with the heat.  See, when back in the UK last week I was asked several questions, with one coming up all the time:

What's the weather like?

The answer to that is pretty simple - too fucking hot.  It's currently barely dropping below 75F at night which, in the good money temperature scale, is 24C.  At night.  This is the temperature that I actively avoid when I am holiday in Europe, and it's warmer than that when I get up in the morning.

Someone, I can't remember who, stated that they would just stay beside the pool in heat like this.  This is not an option for me:
- I burn like bacon on an un-oil frying pan
- I have to go to work every weekday, no matter the heat

So it's hard to live by the heat.  I knew that this was going to happen, so should I even be bothered by it?  Indeed, I did choose to live out here for a year, and I knew that the temperature was going to be high, but that's the thing - it's not the temperature that really is killing me.
It's the heat.  The mixture of high temperature, around 38C at the highest, is coupled with a ludicrous humidity.  Just look at this:

It's actually only 94.6 F, which is 34.78C, but it feels like 107F, or 41.67C.  Want to know what that actually is like?  You don't - it's so warm, it's prohibitive.

So when I was home last week and I tweeted this:

 I was being deadly serious - it felt great to finally have some cold temperature around me, some precipitation too.  It was lovely.  So I decided to look at the difference between the average highs and lows of three places in the world - much like I did in the Distance post a while back.  The three places in the world are
  1. Houston, Texas
  2. Aberdeen, Scotland
  3. Barrie, Ontario
Barrie is the closest I could get to Parry Sound from my source, Wikipedia.  Trust the source.  I took the temperatures for the months, average highs, and plotted them on the same graph like a good engineer.  I'll even call them figures. Here's the graph for Highs.

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So, in Aberdeen we have a nice flat curve - it barely get's above 65F in Aberdeen, on average, which is fine by me really.  As someone who doesn't want to strip off naked outside of my own bedroom, and someone who doesn't measure their holiday on the Hexcode of their tan colour, I feel that is normal.  Notice that the lowest average high in Houston doesn't even touch the highest average high in Aberdeen.  Barrie is a bit more varied, with coldest winters and positively warm summers.

How about lows, then?

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Fairly obvious, huh?  But, here's the important thing: the difference between a winter and Aberdeen's Highs and Lows are similar - around 10 to 15'C, so fair enough.  So, you'd imagine then, that say the hottest it normally is in Aberdeen, around 18'C, and add around 15'C to that, 33'C, wouldn't be that bad - I mean, the difference between 0 and 10'C isn't substatial is it?

Well, I can tell you it is quite difference.  18'C to 38'C is a ridiculous change, one I am not built for.  And the summer has only begun.

Want to know what the record high for Houston is in the summer?  It's 108F on the thermometer scale, or feels like