No Wonder my Electric Bill was Sky High!
I read a story this evening that was sent to me by Brian Block (thanks!) about how Austin is experiencing its hottest summer since 1925. This is not surprising to me, as I can't remember ever hearing so many people complain about the heat. Old people, young people, everyone is getting in on the game.
"Wow! It is really hot today, huh?"
"I don't want to go there - they don't have enough shade."
"Kids - come inside before you have a heat stroke."
Okay, maybe I haven't heard that last one as much, but even for August in Texas it has been miserably hot. My latest electric bill was just over $700 this past month. It was $300 two months before that, so I thought it might have been a fluke. Sadly, I was wrong.
Austin has already had 44 days this summer with temperatures in excess of 100 degrees. Although it is not as humid as other parts of Texas, it is not exactly a "dry heat" either.
I once wrote a post addressing average temperatures here, along with some of the other perceived negatives:
Ironically, last year was a very temperate summer, with lots of rain, and almost no (or perhaps absolutely no) 100-degree days. This year, it looks like some of my neighbors are planning to harvest hay in their backyards.
I guess I wanted to write this post to let you know not to fear our heat if you happen to visit or if you are a new resident, as this is the hottest summer in 83 years' time. At least it's not 1925, when there were even more super-hot days!
Here is a link to the article from KXAN News:
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