Two weeks ago, Phoenix, Arizona, endured the hottest temperatures we have seen so far this summer. For nearly one week, the temps were over 110 degrees, and some days we maxed out at 118 degrees depending on where you lived in the Desert Southwest. Over the past week, the temps have decreased and the humidity has returned (yes we have humidity, it’s not always a dry heat) with the Monsoons appearing again. Beginning tomorrow and for the next couple of days, we are headed back towards 110 degrees plus. The Weather Channel has even issued a special weather statement about the high temperatures for the lower deserts of California, the Southwest, and South-Central Arizona.
But even with all of these super hot temps and special weather statements issued by the Weather Channel, I would take this weather over the 100 degrees difference seven days of the week and twice on Sundays. Although I enjoyed the fall season while living in the Northern part of the US for two years in 2008-2010, there is nothing like having warm air, sunny skies, and beautiful weather for 300 plus days a year. The heat is so much better than the cold…So.Much.Better!
So for today’s blog post, we are going to move away from our typical topics and focus (with a little humor) on 10 Reasons Why 110 Degrees is Better Than 10 Degrees.
1. You don’t have to shovel the heat. Salt? We don’t need no stickin’ salt!
2. You don’t have to dig your car out of the heat or scrap heat off your windows.
3. There is no need to wear four layers of clothes, take off two layers when in the house (because it’s still cold in the house even when the heat is on!), and then put on the other two layers again to go somewhere.
If you have children, this is brutal, because they often have to go to bathroom just as you finished wrapping them with the fourth layer. Famous Winter Conversation: “I have to go to bathroom…Now, you have to go?! I just asked you if you had to go.”
4. The car is already warmed up. It only takes a matter of minutes for the air condition to get cold. When it’s 10 degrees outside, it seems it takes hours for the car engine to get warm enough to turn the heat on.
5. Natural. Vitamin. D. Enough said!
6. There is no need to go to the tanning salon to get some ultraviolet rays. I knew so many people at Franciscan who did this at a place on Sunset Blvd. See #5.
7. The heat does not cause seasonal depression. The cold temps, the perpetual gray clouds, and the overall environment can cause anyone to drink heavily. I knew people who were on daily Vitamin D pills for seasonal depression. Again, see #5.
8. A nice day here is clear and sunny, not partly cloudy and a 30% chance of rain like the Northern part of the United States. We have 300 plus days a year of sunshine!
9. White wine and good quality lagers taste great on a hot day. Does it get any better?
10. Water is always refreshing, whether you are drinking it or swimming in it; it’s not frozen where it cause you to slip and break your leg, arm, wrist, or some other bone that is valuable to your body.
What is the Moral of the Story?
Living in the desert, or even just the southern most states of the US, is far better than living in the North. So glad my parents chose to move us here when we were kids.
This post is dedicated to all my friends (you know who you are!) who live in the Northern states: Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, the Northern Colonies, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and any other state where it’s stinkin’ cold during the Winter.