July 15, 2010

Summer Days

Wednesday was probably the hottest day of the summer here in Duckford.  It got over 90ºF for what felt like the thirty-first day in row, but it was the oppressive humidity that really made it miserable.  Eh, it's summer in the upper Midwest, what do you expect, right?  That's the nature of the beast.

Wednesday night, it only got down to 77º, and though I didn't think it would be possible, the humidity got worse.  When I dragged myself into bed at midnight, it was still over 80 and the dewpoint was 76, according to the National Weather Service's station at the Duckford International Airport, which is just a couple of miles from Pond Central.

Then Thursday happened.  It was 86 and still thickly humid by noon... simply miserable.  Here's the bad part: that temperature was recorded inside the Duck U. Bookstore!  Yep, still no air conditioning.  Even with a fan blowing directly on me, because of the humidity I was still soaked with sweat.  Other people work in that sort of heat every day, I know... construction workers, for example... but they're paid more than me, and it's pretty much part of their job. 

Not so much for members of the Light Music Club
At 1215pm, the Bookstore closed for the day, the first time in the 6+ years I've worked there that we've shut down because it was hot.  Snow?  Of course.  Rain?  Yep yep, mostly because of power failure.  Heat?  Never before.  Most of the U's offices either closed or moved to the newest campus building, which has it's own air conditioning system, for the day.  Of course, it's not like we could pick the store up and go there ourselves. 

Hopefully the new a/c system for the U will be turned on Friday, as the Ops staff plan.  Cross your wingtips we don't blow any transformers or something like that...

UPDATE, FRIDAY 7/16:  It was cooler at the Duck U Bookstore, but not because the a/c was turned on.  Instead, it's because it actually got down to the low 60s overnight and a lot of the humidity went away.  Still, I'm glad I wasn't working today, and the a/c might still be fired up today.  It'd make working tomorrow a lot nicer...

ANOTHER UPDATE, SAME DAY:  They did try to turn the new chiller units on at Duck U this afternoon.  ComEd, bless their little hearts, told them that the transformer would be able to handle it.  Nope!  Transformer trashed damaged, new one scheduled for arrival on Tuesday.  Might even get the day off on Tuesday, because most of the campus is powered through that transformer, including the IT center, which means no internet and no phone service when they replace it.  We'll find out on Monday.

Posted by: Wonderduck at 11:34 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 It's the humid that gets you. Around here 86 is a pleasantly cool morning when we play tennis before it hits 100 by mid-day.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at July 16, 2010 06:55 AM (/ppBw)

2 What you guys need is a good thunderstorm to take all the humidity out of the air.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 16, 2010 09:56 AM (+rSRq)

3 Yes, 86 is pleasant when you're outside, particularly if there's a nice breeze and you've got a view of the mountain range that feels like it's two blocks away. 

But those 86 degrees were measured inside the Duck U Bookstore where there's no breeze unless you're parked in front of a fan, and the only mountain you see is the pile of textbooks you've just unloaded from a dozen boxes that just came in.

FWIW, it hit 94 in Duckford yesterday.

Posted by: Wonderduck at July 16, 2010 09:59 AM (iJfPN)

4 Thursday afternoon I waited in the car for an hour and a half while Mom went to see a doctor.  I feel your pain.

Posted by: Ed Hering at July 16, 2010 02:06 PM (gLbEB)

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