New definitions of hot

(written Saturday morning, August 6, 2011)

We honestly thought the weather in Missouri had been hot, but Tulsa gives new meaning to that term.  In fact, I am fairly certain that Tulsa this weekend could effectively compete with the blistering condition of @#!*% !

On the way Friday night, we stopped in Joplin to drive around a bit and see exactly what that tornado did.  To use an over-used phrase, there really are no words to adequately describe the devastation, and this is some six weeks or so after the fact, when lots of debris clearing and rebuilding has been in full swing.  We ate at a Schlotsky’s and when we came out of the restaurant and got back in the van, it was pretty toasty in Joplin.

That, however, was nothing compared to Tulsa – or, more specifically, Broken Arrow, which is where we are currently lodged.  When we piled out of the van, it was like stepping into a convection oven.  There was a breeze, but, my, it was hot!  We unpacked and then swam from about 9:30 to 10:00 PM.  The pool water was actually cool, and while we couldn’t figure out how they managed that (it’s a small pool, and wouldn’t the water heat to bath temp during the afternoon?), with the stiff breeze blowing, I actually was cold in pool.  Then, when we brought our damp selves back to the room where we had left all three A/C units set at something like 75 degrees, I was really cold.  However, we checked online and found that at 10:30 PM, the current temp in Tulsa was 98 degrees!!!  That is definitively hot!

This morning, while eating a yummy waffle breakfast, we saw on the local TV news that this day (August 6, 2011) has so far had the highest low temperature in Tulsa since the National Weather Service began keeping records, over 100 years ago – 89 degrees!*

Armed with that cheerful news, we went out to play mini-golf at about 10:00 AM.  The temp was “only” 92 degrees with a nice breeze.  The temp at noon today is expected to be 105 degrees and at 5:oo PM, we’ll be looking at 112 degrees.  Thankfully, by the time the Tulsa Drillers vs the Springfield Cardinals game begins at 7:05 PM, it’s supposed to be 104 degrees.  We are determined to get seats in the SHADE.

* (This note added after the fact –  A thunderstorm came in that evening and took the temp down to 82.  We were thrilled, but the local meteorologist was clearly disappointed that no new record was set.  That rain also prevented the Tulsa Drillers from being beaten by – actually from playing – the Springfield Cardinals.)

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