The weather forecast tonight says that we’ve got a significant cool-down coming by mid-week. It’s not been very hot lately anyway, but doggone it, those folks up in Alaska must not like their weather because they keep sending us their weather out of the gulf of Alaska. But, I guess you can’t blame them. When they see the end of summer up there they know that they’ve got some REAL weather coming their way….quite unlike those of us here in California or most of the “lower 48”!!!!
Back in 1984, Glenn Frey recorded a song for Beverly Hills Cop titled “The Heat Is On” that went like this:
“The heat is on, on the street
Inside your head, on every beat
And the beat’s so loud, deep inside
The pressure’s high, just to stay alive
‘Cause the heat is on….”
When I was in Ghana in April and May of this year, it wasn’t often that we found ourselves on a paved road, but one time it was about 5:30 in the afternoon and it had just finished a brief rain when we got back to a bit of paved road. It was so hot that you could see steam coming up off the road!!! Well, right now here in northern California, there’s no literal heat on the street, but when you see today’s photo, you might be tempted to change your opinion!
Today’s photo was taken at the recent Livermore car show in Livermore, CA. The heat is on!!!!
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1961, President John F. Kennedy, speaking on civil defense, advised American families to build bomb shelters to protect them from atomic fallout in the event of a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union. Kennedy also assured the public that the U.S. civil defense program would soon begin providing such protection for every American. Only one year later, true to Kennedy’s fears, the world hovered on the brink of full-scale nuclear war when the Cuban Missile Crisis erupted over the USSR’s placement of nuclear missiles in Cuba. During the tense 13-day crisis, some Americans prepared for nuclear war by buying up canned goods and completing last-minute work on their backyard bomb shelters. I remember those times, even though I was just a kid. It was a very frightening time to be alive, wondering if you would see another sunrise. (I worried a lot as a kid!)
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: The primary purpose of growing rice in flooded paddies is to drown the weeds surrounding the young seedlings — rice can, in fact, be grown in drained areas.