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Old 07-05-12, 05:25 PM   #1
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100 degrees!

It finally hit 100 F here in Grand Rapids. Yeah, I know, no big deal for you folks down south. But if you listen to the news folks this is the beginning of the end! So far I haven't seen the "fry an egg on the asphalt" story yet.
By the way, it was a wonderful bike ride this afternoon!
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Old 07-05-12, 05:43 PM   #2
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Glad you are enjoying it. To me it feels like I'm riding in a blast furnace.
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Old 07-05-12, 06:03 PM   #3
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Frying an egg on the sidewalk is old hat. The trend now is to bake a pizza inside a car, which a local pizza joint was featured on 'Good Morning, America' doing this past Monday.
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100 deg weather?... bring it. Keeps the paths cleared off for mad dogs & Englishmen.
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106 here!
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Old 07-05-12, 07:12 PM   #7
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I was actually surprised by the number of people out biking/walking this afternoon. Thought I would be the only one, 3 bicyclists and 2 walkers. Guess I wasn't the only one out enjoying the weather!
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The high temperature has topped 100 here 6 out of the past 7 days, and it's forecasted to continue through the weekend. I'm sick of it!
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I waited until it was over 100F to run today, so I set a personal record for running in higher temperature than I've ever done before -- 105F and not a lick of shade. I usually avoid the heat as much as possible but I am moving north so I may never get the chance to run in such heat again.

I thought I'd be the only nutcase out there. Nope, there were 4 other runners and a few on bikes and more than that walking.
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100 in northern Indiana. Not stopping me from riding!
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Old 07-05-12, 08:38 PM   #11
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We've had daytime highs near or above 100F for the last week. Seems like everyone just gets used to it. Lot of recreational riders early in the morning.
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It was 105 on the 4th. Not surprisingly, there were few cyclists on the River Trail when I rode it in the middle of the afternoon.
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Old 07-05-12, 08:44 PM   #13
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Only 100? That's a cold front.
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High 90s and sometimes over 100 for more than a week here. But yesterday morning, I got out early and rode to breakfast at IHOP before it heated up. Mid-80s and I'm feeling very comfortable. No commuting for me in this weather - the morning's okay, but the trip home would be murder - but next week it's supposed to be cooler so I'll get back to it.
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Old 07-06-12, 02:03 PM   #16
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Hot in NYC too with temps around 100F. Yesterday morning was the worst so far.
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Connecticut has been bouncing between low 90s/high 80s and 100 degrees since June. It's only bad when the humidity is so high. Went for a recreational ride on the 4th though, and as long as you stay hydrated, you just end up with a stellar tan
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81F/27C tomorrow
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High of 64 today. And sunny of course. Advance forecast says that it might hit 68 next week.

I love California!

EDIT: forgot to add that it will probably be the same temperature in January.

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High 90s and sometimes over 100 for more than a week here...(snip)...No commuting for me in this weather - the morning's okay, but the trip home would be murder...(snip)
Here in Houston that's an average summer. If I didn't commute when it was in the 90's, I'd not commute from June-September.

I'd sure like to live in a cooler part of the country.
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Fun fact: The alt-code for the degree symbol is 0176 (hold the alt key and type '0176').

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Fun fact: The alt-code for the degree symbol is 0176 (hold the alt key and type '0176').

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Every computer I've ever tried it on also gives you the degree symbol with [alt]248. This only works with the number keys on the right of the keyboard, not the ones on the top. Therefore, if you're using a laptop with no separate number keys on the right, you have to hold down the function key for the embedded number keypad to be active.
Sometimes if you're in a web context where the Fn or the Alt key does something you invoke something unwanted, such as deleting the email that you're typing.
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Here is Southern California, it has been a weird summer so far. July has been June Gloom, meaning overcast and cool in the AM and into the 80's in the PM. Not that I am complaining just yet. I love my electric bill. However, I am sure that we will get our 100+ temps soon enough. It still does sizzle here.
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Without the normal humidity it doesn't seem as stressfull, although it feels super hot. I'm ready for the forecasted cooldown next week.
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I didn't mind the temps last week 90-95 with 20% humidity. I'm from Owosso (east of Grand rapids). This 99 + 60% humidity is for the birds (or maybe crocodiles).
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