We’re having “mild” Santa Ana conditions again. That means that in the late morning to afternoon, it’s quite warm but, because the air is so dry, as soon as the sun sets the temperatures drop significantly. When you wake in the morning, it’s right chilly in fact. Okay, chilly for here which means upper 40s to low 50s, depending on where you are in the city.
That dry air means that it doesn’t feel warm unless you are actually in the sun. It takes forever (it seems) for the air in my house to warm up because the air outside is so dry it just doesn’t feel as warm as it really is. Like right now at 8:38am it’s 68 degrees, and I’m freezing indoors (and I refuse to turn the heat on with temps like that).
Outside, in the sun, it does feel better, but it’s hard to see a laptop’s screen in the sun. So that’s not an option for me to work.
And then, because of the dryness, it just skips “warm” altogether–jumping straight to “hot.”
It makes for much shivering and many clothes changes unless you work in a climate controlled structure, which I do not. And it wreaks havoc with my skin. At about 1pm every day, it feels like someone has given me an acid peel.
And as I’ve said before, forget about staying hydrated. I’d need an IV with a garden hose into a vein to get enough liquid, I think.
The weather service has issued “Red Flag Warnings” which are issued when the humidity will be below 10% for more than 12 hours in any 24 hour period. It means that the fire danger is huge. Terrible name, though. “Red Flag Warning” wounds like we’re in imminent danger of being covered by swarms of red flags or something. I mean, “tornado warning” means there’s a tornado, “severe thunderstorm warning” means there’s a severe thunderstorm, and so on. Why don’t they call it a “severe fire watch” until there is a fire then call it a “fire warning.”
And all this starts to piss me off, the discomfort, dryness, crazy terminology, etc., until I turn to weather.com and see this:
Maybe it’s not so bad after all.