The long, hot summer of 2011

Discussion in 'Training & Safety' started by rachilders, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. rachilders

    rachilders New Member

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    It's now August and (believe it or not) it's even hotter here in E. Texas than it was in July! I know many other areas of the country have been under the heat wave recently, but with a hand full of exceptions it's been 100 F or higher since early June in most of Texas. That's WAY too hot, even here, for so long and especially beginning so early in the summer. OTOH it was 111 degrees - actual temp, not heat index - in my yard today and the forecast is for 105-110 for at least the next two weeks. I now know the TRUE meaning of the phrase "Long Hot Summer". I may also have to think twice about Al Gore and global warming if it keeps up much longer. :cool:

    Anyway, I've observed that on the few times I've braved the heat and gone to my local outdoor range, there were almost no other shooters where there's normally at least a dozen and usually more. I know I've cut back on my time there and it seems others have as well! For those who've had to deal with the oppressive heat as well as me, what do you do to compensate for your reduced range time or do you just suck it up, sweat it out and endure the miserableness! :mad:
     
  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    I believe that one should practice in any weather (cold, heat, sunshine, sleet).

    Sometimes it is nice to have the range to yourself. Damn the weather.
     
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  3. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    ^^^^What Dan said^^^^

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  4. rachilders

    rachilders New Member

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    It's 95 here at 10:30 PM. I just heard the weather on TV and tomorrows high is set for 109-112 and it's suppose to be that way for the next two weeks. A few days ago I also had a nephew return from Iraq for two weeks and he said these temps are what he's been dealing with over there. He had been looking forward to some "cool" East Texas weather in the low-mid nineties, but it looks like he'll now have to wait until his tour is over next March for that. OUCH!!

    BTW, my way of dealing with the heat is to shoot later in the day (after 7PM if possible), spend more time reading my gun rags that tend to accumulate and spend more "hands on" time with my guns. That means cleaning, dry firing, doing minor projects that I've been putting off, reviewing my handling and safety procedures, etc. It's not range time but I consider it quality time. Actually, I consider ANY time I spend with my guns quality time!
     
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  5. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Ever put one of those blue plastic freezable ice substitutes in your back pocket? Try it, but not in good pants. :)
     
  6. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    It has been very hot here, too. We often have a string of maybe 5 or 6 days above 90 then some relief. But not this year. It's been in the 90's for three or more weeks now and no end in sight. When I went shooting with JonM, it was hotter than heck and we sweat bullets as well as shot them.
     
  7. hydrashok

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    rachilders, think you got it bad?? That rain y'all have been getting down in Longview keeps going right around us up here in Atlanta!

    ...although we did get 12 inch rain for about 15 minutes the other day...

    ...one drop every 12 inches! :mad:
     
  8. rachilders

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    Sorry to break the bubble, but we haven't received 10 inches of rain TOTAL in 6 months. The word may not have reached you but the rain seems to always go west to Shreveport, south of Kilgore or stops near Tyler and never reaches us. Longview is in the weather Twilight Zone that exists between I-20 and I-30!
     
  9. rachilders

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    FWIW, the thermometer in my yard was showing 115 at 3:00 PM today and that's in the shade. I was at Wally World yesterday around 4 PM. When I got in my car to come home the cars thermometer said the temperature in the lot was 121!

    I understand the need for realistic training scenarios and training for all possible situations but there's NOTHING about temps in excess of 100 degrees for months on end that's realistic unless you're in Iraq or southern Arizona! It's not the occasional heat wave but weeks and months on end of triple digit heat - then throw in humidity for good measure - that eventually wears you down.

    It's bad enough when you're forced to deal with this heat (or extreme cold if you're in North Dakota or Wyoming in January) because of your job or out of necessity but I can't see being miserable and uncomfortable by choice. Extreme temperatures are also a real danger, even for those who are accustomed to it and can properly deal with them. Sadly, most people don't. That's why heat stoke, stress and exhaustion kill so many during these heat waves. For anyone that wants to tough it out and train in this miserably hot weather we've had to endure here since June, you have my greatest respect... and sympathy.
     
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  10. willshoum

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    Humdity

    I can't wait till the next hurricane passes through, No comforts of home.. An make dang sure to stock up on water and rubbin alcohol. [:eek:] Oh yea and beer......You would be surprised how fast you can get your yard cleaned after a hurricane if you have cold beer in stock.....:)
     
  11. rachilders

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    I lived in New Orleans for 15 years... been there, done that!
     
  12. willshoum

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    Heavy meals.......

    What would you consider as a lite meal if you had to work in todays heat. My wife has a job opening to cook for people that must work in the heat of the day. They don't want thier workers over loaded on heavy foods. Please give me your suggestions as to what you would like to eat in times of 97+ degrees
     
  13. rachilders

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    Well, for me it depends on the work I'd need to do and which meal, whether breakfast, lunch or a snack for example and for how long (days, weeks, etc). I've spent a fair amount of time outside this summer, frequently NOT by choice and much of it with the scouts and adult leaders. Everyone seems to prefer "lite" foods like sandwiches, fruits, snack items and other "finger" foods. The sandwiches are usually cold cuts (turkey, ham & cheese slices are popular and easy) with the fixin's and everyone makes their own. LOTS of cold things to drink such as iced tea and sport drinks or simply cold water are a must. We usually keep cola to a minimum - mainly to keep the kids from gulping down a six pack each if you let them - since most contain a lot more sugar and caffeine than most other drinks, both of which aren't very good for you in hot conditions. There are also those that like soup and a salad along with us adults that STILL must have their daily caffeine (coffee). The biggest thing seems to be not eating too much and loading up on heavy, greasy foods, lots of dairy and so forth.
     
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  14. bigbomar4

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    Here in NW texas I think it has gotten down to 99-98 degrees for a max temp about 3 times since late may. We have had right at or just less than 1 inch of rain so far this year. This sucks. I grew up here but for the past 4 years I lived in south louisiana. I would love for a hurricane to come through here now. My thermometer in the shop were I work showed 128 yesterday (in the shade but with several large engines running).

    As for the food... water, water and did I say water? At lunch I can barely eat. I normaly eat a small sandwich or a small fajita from a place down the road.
     
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  15. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I'm really appreciating this Midnight shift. I don't go in til after dark and get to bed around sunrise. 92 degres at 0300 is far better than 107 at 1500
     
  16. rachilders

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    The triple digit heat is suppose to continue through this month as per the local weather guesser. After nearly 50 days of 100 degree or higher temps since the start of June and only 6 inches of rain in more than 6 months, we are beginning to look more like eastern Turkey than eastern Texas!
     
  17. Dennis845

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    I like beer, it makes me a jolly good fellow, I like beer......

    I also like it because the more BEER I drink, the better the wife looks. She use to be a TWO bagger, I wore one in case her paper bag broke, but not with lots of beer, it makes me a jolly good fellow, I like beer...

    :D
     
  18. SoupNazi

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    It has been around 80 for two days in Ohio - most of the summer it has been between 90 and 100. That is unusual for Ohio. I'm not ready to jump on the global climate change bandwagon yet, however. The climate is constantly changing, just not sure about all this man did it stuff.
     
  19. bigbomar4

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    i got to the range 1st thing in the morning because it is cooler in the a.m. than evenings. always lots of water.. and as for what to eat. real mexican tacos and horchata always works great. starches seem to really help. i go indoor and outdoor all the time and the indoor is the one that really kills me and gets cut short in the heat. no a/c in indoor. :(
    and your right the trade off is there are not alot of people at either range which is awesome and worth the sweat. :D