Tut, Tut, Looks Like Rain

Tower Grove Weather Vane

Hurricane Isaac, fresh from disrupting the Republican National Convention today, is barreling north and appears to be taking aim for New Orleans. If it holds to its projected course it will impact New Orleans seven years to the day that Katrina struck there . Further projections have what will be by then Tropical Depression Isaac arriving here in Saint Louis on Saturday.

An informal poll of my coworkers showed overwhelming approval of this weather forecast. Why would they want their Labor Day weekend marred by rain? Well, because we are currently undergoing the worst drought that I’ve ever experienced here in Saint Louis. Isaac will be a major rain event. I’m a little bit more ambivalent about the prospect of giving up part of my holiday weekend to Isaac though.

Part of my reluctance is due to the fact that we got rain on both Saturday and Sunday last weekend. So the need for rain here is not quite as critical as it was. Primarily my reluctance is bicycling based. Labor Day weekend host the Gateway Cup the biggest bicycle racing event of the year. I don’t race, but I do like to come out and watch the races. This Saturday night hosts the Moonlight Ramble. The Ramble is the largest nighttime bicycle ride. This ride normally occurs on the closest Saturday to the full moon in August. This year it actually falls in September. The current forecast shows rain Friday night and during the day on Saturday. This could spoil the first two days of Gateway.

These events are still days away, so there is no reason for me to get my undies all in a bunch about the weather. If the storm does strike it will be the first real test of our new roof and gutters. It will also give me plenty of time to prepare.

102 °F

The title says it all, hot, triple digit hot, except that it doesn’t give the full story. A hundred is only what the mercury says. It doesn’t talk about the humidity and its associated heat index; that would be 111 °F that is what it feels like here in the Lou. That’s what it felt like yesterday too and maybe except for Thursday, what it will feel like for some time to come. I just hope that this summer is not shaping up to be as hot as the first summer that we lived in Saint Louis, which would be 1980. That summer had 18 triple digit days. That summer we didn’t have any air conditioning, not at home and not in our black car. We survived, but quite a few people died that summer, due to the heat. That was the fifth hottest summer on record. Thirty-one years later, all our cars have AC and the house has central air. So when it gets hot like this, we can always seek refuge at home and hunker down. That gets boring though, and eventually leads to cabin fever. Fortunately, at least for Anne, her sister and brother-in-law arrive Wednesday. They’ll endure Saint Louis for a couple of days, before they head east and then north. Maybe, once they get to the Cabin, they’ll find cool weather?