The first indicator isn't the calendar. The first indicator is when the UV Index says 11 on a scale of 10 and uses the description, "Potentially Fatal." We know that's aimed at visitors to the area who aren't used to it and don't pay much attention.
There are many places where folks look forward to summer; it's time to go
outside - maybe for the first time in months, enjoy warm, glorious days;
garden, bike, picnic; maybe enjoy a book while lounging on the beach.
Songs like Nat King Cole's classic "Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer" come to
That's not here. Here, summer is something to be a bit more reserved about. If you live here, you can keep up with your regular life. If you were from a moderate place, not used to our heat and humidity, running or other outdoors activity could conceivably kill you. August marks the Dog Days of Summer; everything outdoors slows. Fishing slows - sure the fish have to eat, but they become more active after dark. Animals are more sluggish. Ordinarily, it can be nasty here from about mid-July to almost the middle of September. The worst of it is August.
When we first got an HDTV years ago, Mrs. Graybeard and I naturally spent much of our TV time searching out HD programming. One of the first movies we watched was "The Chronicles of Riddick". You have to understand this is not even particularly good scifi. It's a fun movie to watch, it's a visual treat, it's a fantastic display of special effects perfect for HD, but don't pay too much attention to the story. To quote a review (long gone from the net), "Furyans, Necromongers, Elementals, The Underverse, the Threshold...it so clearly wants to be epic that it forgets to tie all of these disparate worlds, universes and civilizations into a coherent story. (Director) Twohy clearly makes the mistake of not realizing that there is a huge difference between being grand and being simply confusing and the more ideas that are introduced, the more lumbering it becomes…"
We still watch it on occasion when we run into it.
A large portion of the movie, and one of the longest action sequences, takes place on the planet Crematoria (many of the names in the movie are that cheesy). Crematoria is a planet that has a tremendous temperature variation (probably an impossible amount) with daytime temperatures of 700F and night time temperatures 300 below zero. When the sunrise terminator sweeps through, the force of the heat gales that come with it is literally enough to blow you apart, disintegrating flesh and blowing pieces off until you die. There's a scene where a character (Purifier), a Furyan like Riddick, sacrifices himself by walking into the sunrise terminator and self-immolating. That's him trying to stand up to the gales while being set afire and having pieces of burning flesh blown off him.
The first time I saw that scene, it reminded me of the time we decided to do a long bike ride on July 4th (I think it was a hundred mile ride, but for sure it was a virtually all day ride). I mentioned it to Mrs. Graybeard who said, "sure, we've been out on days like that."
The National Weather Service publishes charts for heat index that show the
amount of danger from the combination of heat and humidity. This is one
of their charts. I've drawn a box around the typical morning conditions
here. "Extreme caution" conditions are common. In the afternoon,
it pushes farther into the orange, maybe red. This afternoon, for
example, it was 93 with humidity around 75%.