Field of Science

Hot and humid vs. hot and dry

Today promises to be a typical hot, humid Carolina low-lands' day.  Back home the upper mid-west is sweltering, but the big difference is that here it's humid and there it's dry.  In out particular area summer always brings hot days, but there have been summers when we've barely turned on the AC.  But when you string together day after day of 90s and even the occasional 100 degree high, our weather is more like what you expect in Tulsa, and who wants to live in Tulsa?  Unless some thunderstorm activity intervenes and waters our gardens, we expect to find some losses among the newly planted.  One of the problems of doing everything ourselves, no one else knows when and where things are planted, and therefore a house-cat sitter has no idea what to do if you say "water the new Japanese yews".  Actually the needs-water list is rather long this year, and just watering the potted/house plants is quite a chore, so our vacation may end up costing us more than we planned.  Maybe we need to start a coop garden babysitting service because having someone who knows gardens and plants would make things much easier.  Anybody part of such a thing?


mr_subjunctive said...

but the big difference is that here it's humid and there it's dry.

Not at the moment. I don't know where in IL you live specifically, but the stats as of 10 AM, according to the NWS:

temp: 89F
dewpoint / RH: 71F; 55% RH
heat index: 95F

temp: 87F
dewpoint / RH: 78F; 75% RH
heat index: 100F

temp: 90F
dewpoint / RH: 79F; 70% RH
heat index: 106F

The Phytophactor said...

Rain? Was there any rain?

mr_subjunctive said...

Whoops. Forgot to check back.

The 7-day observed precipitation map at the NWS makes it look like most of the actual rain stayed in the northern 2/3 of IL, and only the northernmost 1/3 got anything significant, most of that being near Galesburg and the Quad Cities.

The Phytophactor said...

Thanks for the update. Actually got 1/10th of an inch, which under the crown of my huge sugar maple means virtually nothing.