I thought that I understood hot. “I’ve lived in hot places before”, I said to myself.
Sure, Sacramento gets pretty warm in the summer. Maybe one or two weeks of 100+ weather in August.
But never have I experienced anything like this.
In January, we had snow one week and 70 degree weather the next. By February it was in the 80s, March and April in the mid-90s. By May, we had our first 100 degree day, and I suspect that it has only dipped below 100 briefly a couple times since.
The house AC has been running constantly, I’m scared to open the power bill every month, the lawn is dead (we’ve had just over 4 inches of rain so far this year), and I pretty much hide indoors anytime before midnight.
I guess the good thing is that unlike last August, when we first moved to Austin, the temps have been dipping down into the 70s at night. I remember when we first moved here, it was 100+ during the day and 95 at night.
That was rough.
Amusingly, when it’s this hot for this long, you do sort of get used to it. Kylie and I have gone out a few times lately and said to each other “wow, it’s nice out tonight”, then checked the weather:
I had a particularly challenging evening because the hastily assembled wireless network in the ACTlab refused to hand out an IP address to the radio. After wrongly suspecting that the 802.11n network was causing problems (my home network is b/g), I discovered that if I set a static IP and default gateway, I could get a stable connection to the router. That process of discovery took something like an hour of tweaking settings, trying to remember iwlist arguments, how to set up routes, etc.
In the end I got it all working and gave a very successful demo of the radio. Whew!