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in: Becks; Becks > 2016-08-30

Aug 30, 2016 6:59 PM # 
Noticed that New York had had only three nights under 20C this August - not sure if this is a record but I think it's a fair chance it would be (not that the locals would notice because 20C probably isn't a threshold they routinely keep track of). Will be interested to see the numbers on average overnight minimums in the Northeast when they come out. I get the sense that average dewpoints are probably well above normal too, but am not sure if my US colleagues keep track of seasonal dewpoint anomalies on a routine basis.
Aug 30, 2016 7:48 PM # 
Ugh. I keep looking at that animation from NASA with the differential across the year between the average 1980-2015 yearly temperature, and each time I die inside a bit more. But I can't stop watching it.

This I why I'm not sure I can have children.

Well that's a heavy turn for a Tuesday afternoon!
Aug 30, 2016 7:51 PM # 
I think you're probably right, Blair, about average dewpoints; I don't have data, just observation, that it has seemed that there have been more hot/humid days this summer than typical. Ugh.

Becky, have you considered ragweed allergy? Glen, who never had problems with it as a kid (unlike me, but I outgrew it), has been bothered by stuffed sinuses much more this summer than usual. It's either that or some other such allergen (local pollen, or something just hanging in the humid air?).

Ragweed is a fairly nondescript all-green plant that grows in poor soil along roadways and spreads its pollen by wind. You've been living here long enough that the allergy could be building.
Aug 30, 2016 8:24 PM # 
Yup, pretty sure there's an allergy thing going on - Dan in the lab has very obvious respiratory allergies and his have been very bad for pretty much the same amount of time I've been feeling crappy.
Aug 30, 2016 8:51 PM # 
When I was younger (for about 40 years of my life) I'd get the runny nose and itchy eyes pretty bad in late-July and August up until first frost. Now I may get a slight runny nose and dry eyes but it's nothing like it used to be.

Hang around ragweed long enough and you'll probably feel like Dan. A/C and its filters is a godsend.

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