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107 [Jul. 29th, 2015|09:13 pm]
The grid might be getting overloaded in California. My lights keep flickering. So far the power hasn't gone out, but as it's almost as hot now as it was before the sun went down, and most people are home from work and have turned on their air conditioners and televisions and microwaves and all, well, it's a wonder the whole state hasn't gone dark.

We must be sucking up loads of hydropower from the northwest, as there isn't much water left in our dams. If the pacific intertie goes down, which it has on a couple of occasions during extreme heat waves in the past, the whole state quite possibly will go dark. Although it's supposed to cool off just a bit tomorrow it will still top 100, and I'd hate to be without the air conditioner.

I'm not sure how the feral cats got through today, but they are all still alive this evening, though not very energetic. If I'd spent the whole day outdoors today I'd surely be dead by now, or at least comatose.

Anyway, I'm going to shut the computer down now and stop using energy for anything but the air conditioner and a reading light. Oh, and the refrigerator, which I don't dare disconnect. I won't be going outdoors for at lest a couple of hours, as it is still in the nineties out there. When it gets below eighty I'll go out and cool off.


[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2015-07-30 09:37 pm (UTC)
Now, that's a new one on me, this intertie thing. Yikes. Hope you kept power all night and made it into today, cats and all!
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2015-07-30 09:50 pm (UTC)
The northwest has long been a net power exporter to the southwest (even Arizona buys some northwestern power for air conditioning in the summer) and the lines are also available to send power north from California (like back in the old days when the northwest sometimes got very cold in the winter and needed access to California's wintertime surplus of generating capacity.)
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