May 21st, 2017

caillebotte_man at his window


I fell asleep without closing the windows, then didn't wake up until early afternoon, so the morning's heat invaded the house. But since the afternoon was much hotter, it's still cooler in here now than it is outdoors, even this late in the day. I don't know how late it will be before I can open the windows tonight. The house will probably keep getting warmer even as the outdoor temperature drops,as there is all that heat stored in the attic that will be radiating down until the attic cools, and that cooling will require some wind to turn the venting turbine (there's no electric venting fan anymore.)

Unfortunately this is to be the warmest night yet this year, so it's unlikely I'll be able to capture much cool air in advance of tomorrow's heat, or that the attic will get very cool at all, which means tomorrow the house will be an even more uncomfortable place to be than it's been today. Tuesday night is supposed to be in the low sixties, though, so maybe the house can recover by Wednesday. That is, if I don't fall asleep with the windows open as the day heats up again.

The sultriness was quite astonishing after such a chilly winter. I knew this was coming but it was still a shock. The lawns are noticeably less green today than they were yesterday, and the back back yard is barely green at all, so it must have been a shock to the grass and wildflowers as well. This heat wave is going to suck all the life out of the place very quickly. I hope the frogs can survive. They'll fall silent eventually, to be sure, but this is too soon. At least I'll still have the crickets chirping, though. They seem to love the heat.

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