It’s A Wet Heat

 Posted by at 12:55 am  Nick's Blog
May 022017
 

I spent many years of my life living in Arizona, which is where the people from Hell go to warm up when things get too chilly for them down there. Yes, I have seen the television news people fry an egg on the sidewalk in Gila Bend in August. Fans of Arizona will tell you that yes, it may be 115° but it’s a dry heat. Yeah, it’s dry inside an oven, too, but that doesn’t mean I want to be there, either.



Now we’re in Florida. It’s hot here, but at least it’s a wet heat. Which means I don’t have to pay money for a gym membership to sit in a sauna, all I have to do is walk outside. See, I’m saving money already!

We’ve had some 90° days here so far this year, and the locals tell me that we ain’t seen nothing yet, because real summer won’t hit until sometime in June. Last year at this time we were staying at the Carefree RV Resort in Daytona Beach, and actually, it wasn’t too bad all through May.

We left there on June 1 and drove to St. Augustine, where we had planned to stay several days at the Elks RV Park. But that didn’t happen. It seemed like with the coming of the new month somebody threw a switch somewhere and it became miserably hot and humid. Once we had the RV parked and hooked up, we went down to the beach at Anastasia State Park and by the time we made the short walk through the sand dunes to the beach we looked at each other and said, “Oh, hell no!” The next morning our wheels were rolling north and we ended up at Elkhart Campground in Elkhart, Indiana for the summer.

But really, it wasn’t much different. I compared the weather around New Smyrna Beach, Florida and what we were having in Elkhart just about every day, and it was usually 3° to 5° cooler in Indiana, and the humidity was about 10 percent less.

Of course, I also looked at the weather on the Oregon coast, which was much nicer. That’s where we hope to spend this summer. But that’s an iffy thing. We have been on the Pacific Northwest coast in the summer when it has been absolutely beautiful, and we have been there when it has been cold and dreary for weeks on end. I wish there was a way to know what were going to be looking at for sure, but the one thing I learned about whether forecasters is that they can always tell you what happened yesterday with 100% accuracy. Tomorrow, or next week, or next month? The best you are going to get is an educated guess.

Terry and I agree that we don’t want to drive that far if it’s going to be gloomy and nasty all summer, so we will play it by ear. If we get up there and the weather isn’t to our liking, we will head somewhere else. There is still a lot of this country we haven’t seen yet, and some places we want to go back to. That’s one of the great things about having wheels under your house, if you don’t like the weather, or the neighbors, you can move somewhere else!



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  7 Responses to “It’s A Wet Heat”

  1. Hey Nick, where we are, the Great Lakes are getting greater and running over their banks with all the rain we are having and spring is slow arriving with cooler than normal temperatures forecast for the month of May.

  2. Well if you want cooler weather I think you have only some limited options like find a state that has campgrounds above the 5000 foot level
    Or go camping in Hawaii now according to Miss Nancy K. she’s in the know of a tunnel that goes from California to Hawaii now I have discreetly ask her if she would tell me where it is
    But to no avail I cant wrangle it out of her maybe with your cool world class charm, an Miss Terry’s secret recipes, you may be able to do better
    Now If all else fails we’re going to have to send you to the mountains of Clermont Florida
    That is Until you’re down here long Enough to get acclimated to the wet heat
    And on a brighter note think of how much money( $$$ )you save by not having to heat your house or purchase cold weather apparel for the next 6 mo,
    And after April 30 the price of campgrounds go down in the keys
    Or you could take the garage queen out and buzz up and down the intercoastal and let that cool breeze blow through your hair.
    so you see you really do have options

  3. We are down here in T’ville. This weather is absolutely abnormal. April & May are usually nice months in the 70s and maybe low 80s. This heat wave and wind for the last few days are really weird. June normally starts to warm up. July and August are the really hot months. Sept starts to cool down and by October we are cool and wonderful again. Since we live on the coast we are always cooler in summer and warmer in winter compared to interior Florida (like Orlando).
    And being from Florida we understand AIR CONDITIONING (AC). If it gets uncomfortable we go from our AC house to our AC car to our AC businesses and restaurants. Life is good !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. We are down here in T’ville. This weather is absolutely abnormal. April & May are usually nice months in the 70s and maybe low 80s. This heat wave and wind for the last few days are really weird. June normally starts to warm up. July and August are the really hot months. Sept starts to cool down and by October we are cool and wonderful again. Since we live on the coast we are always cooler in summer and warmer in winter compared to interior Florida (like Orlando).
    And being from Florida we understand AIR CONDITIONING (AC). If it gets uncomfortable we go from our AC house to our AC car to our AC businesses and restaurants and return to AC home via AC car. Life is good !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Come west and do the NM state parks. $225 for 13 months. Start in the south and work north. As you go north you also go higher in elevation which makes it cooler. And your not to far away from Showlow.

  6. Nick quit griping (LOL) about that heat and humidity in FL. You knew better.
    I lived all of my pre-FTer life in VA and it can even get pretty miserable with summertime weather up there.
    BTW, we’re currently in Hurricane, UT (near Zion NP) and it will get to 85 today and probably 15% humidity. hahahahahahah

  7. We live near Newport, Oregon. Want to welcome you to the Oregon Coast. We have had such a wet and miserable winter that surely the summer is going to be the best we’ve had in a long time. That is my “hopeful” prediction! Hope to see you when you get here, at least to say Hi!

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