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Melting ... - The Bibliophile
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Melting ...
Southern Alberta has been under an official heat warning for the past three days with several more days to come.

It's 33C right now which, while hot, may not seem excessively so. But our humidity is currently 18%. Which means the air is sucking massive amounts of moisture out of every human pore and orifice it can reach ... it's possible to seriously dehydrate very fast in weather like this.

And today is the first day of the Calgary Stampede. Which means thousands of tourists who have no experience with this type of weather (most places in Canada the air is soggy when it's hot) have arrived and quite a few will likely be taking surprise (to them) advantage of the city's fine first aid, ambulance, and hospital services due to not consuming enough water AND enough salt. I expect to be hearing a lot of sirens this weekend (through my tightly shut against the heat windows)

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How I'm feeling: hot hot

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zappo From: zappo Date: 10th July 2017 06:40 (UTC) (Other places)
Our morning TV news said there were big forest fires in Canada - well that's all the headline said, I only watch it on mute - it's not anywhere near you is it?
jlsjlsjls From: jlsjlsjls Date: 10th July 2017 22:55 (UTC) (Other places)
Several very bad, very fast-moving wildfires started in British Columbia, the province between me and the Pacific Ocean, on Friday ... some of them were directly west of Calgary so we had smoky air Saturday afternoon/evening.

While the Rocky Mountains are pretty much all forest (below the treeline, of course), I'm living in the Rockies' eastern foothills which aren't forested at all and with a wide band of open, unforested land between us and the mountains proper. East of me are the prairies which can be a grass fire risk. But overall Calgary is probably one of the most natural-disaster safe zones on the planet; well away from edges of tectonic plates (so volcanoes unlikely and we only occasionally feel the teensiet vibration if there's a really major earthquake in the Pacific zone, high enough to be above major league flooding, while we do get large amounts of hail (the area is nicknamed Hailstone Alley), the hilliness makes it difficult for tornadoes to get established, we're between the forest and grassland fire zones but not really part of either, and any Pacific tsunamis will get blocked by the Rockies. :-)
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