Monday, January 13, 2014

It's Just Too Damn Hot

Weather forecast for Melbourne this week, in both monies for those who need to get a bit more modern. It has been blissfully cool so far this summer. This is about to end.

Monday 35C / 86F
Tuesday 41 / 106
Wednesday 39 / 102
Thursday 41 / 106
Friday 40 / 104
Saturday 26 / 79
Sunday 24 / 75

Where can I emigrate to? No, I don't need snow, ice, gale force winds, flooding or high tides.

I'm afraid the US is losing the Fahrenheit battle, from the tumblr Land of Maps.Correct me if you will, but I think some people in the UK think in Fahrenheit. When we were last there in 2008, dual temps were given out by BBC North East.



While in some areas in Australia metrication has gone backwards from an advanced situation, tyre pressure, pounds per square inch to kilopascles and then back again, energy intake, calories to kilojoules and back again, even a person my age struggles to remember Fahrenheit. 100F was hot and 32F freezing point but I don't remember any relativity in between.

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  1. For some reason I've always remembered that 10ºc = 50ºf.

    I see your traditional heatwave is back in time for the Australian Open. I feel for those players not prominent enough, or not playing a player prominent enough, to be placed on a court with a closed roof.

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    1. Victor, I have heard many explanations of the heat policy for the tennis, and I still don't understand what it is. Something to do with a wet bulb thermometer, but at the end of the day it is up to the umpire.

      I think Rod Laver Arena has a roof that can be closed and then cooling turned on. I assumed it was the same for all the roofed courts, that they are cooled. There was also talk of misting machines.

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    2. all cooling has an equal and opposite effect of dispensing British Thermal Units of heat into the atmosphere, and all that aircon at the supermarket and the malls and movies, that we did not have back in the days when nobody mentioned "hotter days than normal", just has to be having a bad effect on something somewhere. I do fret over dumb people going to work and leaving the pet dish in a place which is going to get full sun at some stage during the day. and the walkers who don't think about dogpaws.
      I have seen today a jogger up my hill who must be mad and probably their family will complain about slow ambulance response.
      oh don't get me started.

      and Hels below? I do. pounds shillings and pence or LSD as we said until lysergic acid ruined that. online people often ask what 1/11 means - one an eleven, = 24 pence = nearly two shillings. what a pie and an eclair used to cost for school lunch on Thursdays because bakers didn't bake on Wednesdays so we always got lunch money Thursday. I'm old.
      Put bird water out please everybody.

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    3. Quite so Ann. The heat generation into the atmosphere must be immense. Offices, homes, cars, shops an on and on.

      A couple of years makes all he difference Ann. I just can't remember the old money.

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    4. 1/11 = 23 pence. one shilling was 12 pence, plus the eleven pence=23. Two shillings=24 pence.

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    5. Top of the class River. I do remember that much, and a shilling became ten cents, $2 to the £, florin, that is two bob, 20 cents, six pence to five cents. Can't remember penny or tuppence. Guinea? Can't spell it and someone else can do the math of the ridiculous 21 shillings. I didn't think I remembered but some cogs must have whirled the right way.

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    6. 21 shillings converted to $2.10. The odd thing is that a Guinea was a lot of money and was often the advertised price for expensive goods but its dollar equivalent sounded like nothing (especially so in today's values!).

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    7. Guinea always sounded a lot to me Victor.

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  2. Two things fascinate me about the Metric-Imperial debate:

    1. Of the 193 nations on earth, 190 are metric and three are imperial (USA, Liberia and, I think, Thailand).

    2. We started the change to metric on the 14th Feb 1966. In all those 48 years, we might remember personal height and baby's weight in imperial, but who remembers cuurency or temperature?

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    1. Hels, I am fairly sure Thailand is metric. I've just remembered, their land measurements are rai and I don't think that is metric, but everything else seems to be.

      I can't even remember my height in imperial now. I really don't want to remember stones.

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  3. Very much Celsius now in the UK. 41deg is just way too hot! Found myself on Praed street on Friday. How's that for a coincidence.

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    1. Fun60, it is not a great street but I found how well the bus drivers manoeuvred their then bendy buses along the street and past obstacles. Did you start thinking about pronunciation, haha.

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  4. We are not quite as hot as you, but I am already a sad, soggy (and grumpy) mess. Tasmania is looking good. Very good.

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    1. Ah, the cool hills of Tasmania, with lovely clear streams and green grass. Stay cool.

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  5. I agree, 41 degrees is far too hot. I've been huddled in for the past 3 days due to snow and sub-zero temperatures - not sure which is worse! Surely there's a happy medium out there...

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    1. Forgot to mention that whilst Japan also uses the metric system, rooms of a house are measured by the number of tatami mats that will fit into them - even if a room doesn't have any tatami mats. Tatami mats are a uniform size, so it's easy to gauge the size of a room.

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    2. Wombat, I've not experienced weather like that, so I can't really say.

      So you might say four and half tatami mats?

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  6. You're sounding very confused - is it because of the heat? Time to check out all the shopping malls in Melbourne, mate. :-)

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    1. Michael, time to stay home in the cool, methinks, but must work :(

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  7. Adelaide predictions are Monday 41-106, Tuesday 41-106, Wednesday 42-107, Thursday 43-109, Friday 40-104, then a late cool change Friday night. I'm staying home and inside all week.

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    1. River, as bad, if not worse. Don't have to tell you to drink plenty of water, I'm sure.

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    2. 41C and climbing at 11am this morning, Tuesday.

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    3. Pleased to read you have some air con now. Go without food to pay the electric bill. It is worth it.

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    4. I make small advance payments on a weekly basis to my electricity company, I don't care if the amount sits in their bank earning interest for them, it gives me peace of mind to know that I've paid enough to get bills that say I'm in credit with no payment required. I can run the aircon without worrying.

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    5. Finally Mother has decided to do something like that, once she catches up.

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  8. Home in the cool is the way to go unless you must otherwise....................we're off to the flicks tomorrow. Just a short drive there, a couple of hours using someone elses power then it's home. House will have been closed all day so hopefully still cool from the morning blast of the aircon.
    UK was metric (sort of) when we left in 1972 - LSD never entered my head after we arrived although I do sometimes wonder what I weigh in stones.
    Take care
    Cathy

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    1. My mum was 42 when we changed over to Metric, too old to relearn the stuff she learned at school but not so old that should couldn't adapt to the new currency, temperatures and kilometers.

      However at 90 she STILL gives her weight in stones. The trouble is that noone else in the nation can understand her.

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    2. Cathy, ideal day to see a movie, in the cool. My advice is don't check what you weigh in stones, unless you've gone against the trend of most of us.

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    3. Hels, yes, I doubt anyone younger than her would really know stones. I do have a very vague idea that 12 stone is getting on the heavy side.

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    4. I remember stones, 14 pounds = one stone, 16 ounces to a pound, one kilo = 2.2 pounds. My bathroom scales have grams/kilos and pounds/stones and I'm horrified to see I weigh 3 full stones more than I'd like, while the same amount in kilos or pounds doesn't seem as bad.

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    5. Three stone sounds like a lot River. You will probably sweat off a stone or two this week.

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  9. Would have been a good time to come over to Perth Andrew, nice and cool this week :) I do sympathise though that's just horrible weather!

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    1. Yes Grace, you have had your blast of heat.

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  10. Never been a hot weather fan. I think I was a polar bear in a former life.

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    1. I'm right there with you Keith.

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  11. I am too lazy to check if it's hot or cold where you live as you put the temperatures in Fahrenheit. All other Aussies I know use Celius !! And in the UK only the vintage people still use Fahrenheit the new generation uses Celius. In the cars it's km and miles for the old and young ! Only the Americans still stick to their Fahrenheit. I googled :
    The Fahrenheit scale is used in counties such as Palau and the US. It is also used in US territories like Guam, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands. Fahrenheit was named after Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit. See, it's old fashioned, lol !

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    1. Sorry Gattina. My fault it is not clear. The first temp is C and the second F. You probably thought it was minimum and maximum. I fix it up now. Yes re the the UK, but they are a bit inconsistent with other metric measurements.

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  12. Maybe we should do away with it all and just measure in kelvin!

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    1. Fen, wtf was Kelvin. Something scientists used?

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  13. Hmmm...I guess I can pack away my sweater for the trip back to Melbourne tomorrow.

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    1. Ad Rad, yes you won't need it for a day or two. Now stay out of prohibited areas or you may be detained and miss your flight.

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