It’s A Wet Heat

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
May 262016

We lived in the White Mountains of northern Arizona before we hit the road as fulltime RVers but before that Terry and I both lived in the desert. Desert rats will tell you that, sure it’s 120°, but it’s a dry heat due to the low humidity. My response has always been that it’s dry inside of an oven, too, but I don’t want to live there!

Here in Florida, it’s just the opposite. It’s a wet heat. The temperature has been in the mid to upper 80s, with humidity in the 70% range. And as the summer goes on it will get both warmer and more humid. But the interesting thing to us is that so far it’s really not been bad. A couple of hours during midday it’s pretty warm, but this close to the ocean (our campground is probably two or three miles from the beach) there’s always a breeze that keeps it comfortable.

The other day we were down on the Sunglow Fishing Pier watching the guys wetting their lines, and according to the weather app on my Samsung smart phone it was 85°. But the breeze kept it very nice.

Guys on pier small

However, if you get very far inland, even fifteen miles or so, there is a noticeable difference. So I guess the moral to this story is, if you’re going to live in Florida, live by the beach.

We’ve done a lot of looking around this winter, searching for a forever home if we ever hang up the keys, and we’ve pretty much narrowed it down to the stretch of Atlantic coast between New Smyrna Beach and Saint Augustine. In fact, we thought we found “the place” in Edgewater this week, but closer inspection revealed that it’s probably not right for us. And that’s okay, we are in no hurry, we’re just looking toward the future.

Last week, I wrote about a local business called Terry’s Jewelry Repair & Design that fixed Miss Terry’s broken necklace while we waited. Last year she lost the stone from an antique opal ring I bought her and was really upset. While we were in Nevada we found a shop that could replace it with a different stone, which had a small chip in it, but at least she could wear the ring. Months later she actually found the original stone so Tuesday we went back to the jewelry shop and asked what it would cost to get the replacement stone removed and the original one put back in.

The owner said it would take about three days, so we left it with him. Yesterday they called to say the ring was ready to pick up, and he did an excellent job on it. Besides removing the opal that was in it and resetting the original stone, he cleaned the ring up so it looks like new. All that, and such fast turnaround, for just $15! Terry walked out of there with a big smile on her face.


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  6 Responses to “It’s A Wet Heat”

  1. Love the Thought for The Day. And yes, the love story just continues !!!!!
    The wind (ocean breezes) is why we live on the Atlantic coast in Titusville.
    We rarely get over 90 degrees even in the hottest months. The cool breezes make the heat bearable. But since we in Florida understand AC we are never too hot.
    Hope you find your home base !!!!!!!!

  2. Those little shops are the best. Near where we lived in southern NJ is a “clock” shop. Fixes jewelry, watches, etc. Can’t beat the cost. Then there is a cobbler. Re-heels boots, etc. Again. Can’t beat the cost. Shoe repairman keeps saving he is going to retire. Been saying it for 10 years. I am surprised at how many people get shoes resoled in this day of throw away.

    Nice in Florida? Here at Raccoon Valley having mighty fine weather too.

  3. So, where did Terry find her original opal? I lost one out of a ring also, years ago, and I would like to know where to look for it!

  4. I remember a scheduled business meeting in July in Phoenix and we told the team in Melbourne Florida to not even pack their suits and ties , it’s too hot. They said hey we are from Florida we know heat. They flew in in three piece wool suits. Practically a medical emergency at the airport. Dry heat is hotter !

  5. Susan,
    After one of many Splendide repairs, in which I basically have to dissemble the whole bedroom in the motorhome, including taking down the window treatment, to remove the washer, I was doing a thorough vacuuming before replacing everything. Near the meeting of the built-in dresser and the carpeted floor and not far from the vanity of the open bathroom area, the vacuum would not pick up what I assumed was a previously dropped pill that had rolled out of sight and mind. I went over it a couple of times with the vacuum and finally bent down and picked it up. I almost passed out when I realized that I was trying to vacuum up my lost opal!! And then I cried, with relief and joy. I had long since given up on ever finding my opal again. I am so thrilled!!

  6. If you really watch closely the temperatures say Daytona and St. Petersburg you’ll see that there’s A percentage of difference in temperature and humidity between the two citie
    Gulf of Mexico being the big bathtub it is always stays warmer
    With a higher humidity rate an the prevailing winds , with Orlando not being too far off
    However on the East Coast with the Gulfstream to the east just a few miles off our coast makes this side of the coast somewhat cooler
    If you take note of the temperatures and humidity’s when you go to Vermont this summer you’ll find it dryer and cooler opposed to when you go to Cape Cod you’ll find the temperatures Will be lower but higher humidity there due to there Gulf Stream affect
    The cape being my old neck of the woods
    You will be in the land of the best lobsters and the best clam chowder anywhere on the planet and I am envious

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