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Governor warns of 'excessive heat wave' ahead

Original post made on Jul 6, 2008

The National Weather Service today is warning Bay Area residents that temperatures that are expected to climb throughout the region over the next couple of days before dropping back down later in the week. Related stories:

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    Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, July 7, 2008, 12:22 PM
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    Posted by Jon
    a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
    on Jul 6, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    Darn.

    Here are a few tips on beating the heat sans AC:
    Web Link

    Also for those worried about their computers:
    Web Link

    For the latter, I just use my laptop in a cool part of the house instead of turning on my desktop computer (Pentium D + NVidia 6800 GTX= old and hot). Also, if you haven't vacuumed any of your computers, I highly recommend doing so, primarily so the components won't overheat.

    If what I said sounds intimidating, try this great tutorial:
    Web Link


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    Posted by Library AC
    a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
    on Jul 7, 2008 at 1:43 am

    Are libraries in Palo Alto air-conditioned? What is the closest air-conditioned public building in PA.


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    Posted by Walter E. Wallis
    a resident of Midtown
    on Jul 7, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    We could air condition the Mitchel Park library for what we are going to blow away on the City Manager's castle.


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    Posted by Resident
    a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
    on Jul 7, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    Where are the official cooling centers for Palo Alto, I couldn't find them on the link?


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    Posted by no whining allowed
    a resident of Midtown
    on Jul 8, 2008 at 6:53 am

    Official cooling centers? You must be kidding!! Throw some water on yourself, go under a tree, and sit down. That will cool you off.

    For Pete's sake, some of you scare the crap out of me, the way you think that some govt person has to babysit you! Where are your ancestors from? I am trying to imagine mine whining about a little heat and wondering who was going to get an official "cooling center".

    We better all pray that our country doesn't hit any real adversity, the way all the whining is going lately.


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    Posted by Resident
    a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
    on Jul 8, 2008 at 8:54 am

    No whining

    I think you take my post too literally. I know that there are no official cooling centers in Palo Alto. I know that we all have to suffer in our non air conditioned homes while the governor and powers that be are in the air conditioned mansions.

    I do feel for some elderly neighbors of mine though. These people are not able to cope with the heat the way the rest of us are. What for us is just very uncomfortable is for them dangerous. I have read of health alerts informing those people to whom heat is really dangerous to go to cooling centers. Short of spending the day in Walmart or McDonald's, what are they to do?

    And in many cultures it is heat related conditions that are the cause of death for the older generations just as in others it is cold related conditions that do the same in winter. Just because there tended to be shorter lifespans for people in the past, it doesn't mean that we should have to let our elderly suffer now. I think it would be awful to live next door to someone who died in their home because they were too cold in winter or too hot in summer. We should all be paying attention to what is going on and have a little compassion.


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    Posted by Sanford Forte
    a resident of College Terrace
    on Jul 8, 2008 at 9:04 am

    Here are some good tips for keeping cool in the summer heat.

    Web Link

    Web Link

    Web Link


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    Posted by Trees-Cool-People
    a resident of Charleston Meadows
    on Jul 8, 2008 at 10:38 am

    > Are libraries in Palo Alto air-conditioned?
    > What is the closest air-conditioned public building in PA.

    Try sitting under a tree .. has worked since animals began to walk the earth .. oh, and a pitcher of lemonade helps to pass the time ..

    Palo Alto has lots of trees .. use them on hot days .. turn off the AC and help save the earth!


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    Posted by What-Happened-To-Common-Sense?
    a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
    on Jul 8, 2008 at 10:52 am

    > I do feel for some elderly neighbors of mine though. These
    > people are not able to cope with the heat the way the
    > rest of us are.

    And how difficult is it for them to buy a room-sized air conditioner and use it on the 5-10 days a year when air conditioning might be needed?


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    Posted by RS
    a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
    on Jul 8, 2008 at 11:31 am

    So I grew up where it was 110 in the Summer with no AC. Is it because its such an infrequent event here that people dont know how to keep themselves cool? I could share what we did if it's useful to someone.


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    Posted by loving the hot weather
    a resident of Barron Park
    on Jul 8, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    > Are libraries in Palo Alto air-conditioned?

    Downtown is the only one I know of.

    Don't even bother going to Mitchell Park. It'll shut down before midday due to the heat causing "life-threatening working conditions". The lack of ventilation and broken windows that won't open means temperatures inside will be much higher than outside.

    It's another paid day off for Mitchell Park employees! Thank you to all you taxpayers... I'll be watching TV at home drinking lemonade instead of working this week... and for free too!


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    Posted by OhlonePar
    a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
    on Jul 8, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    I understand that heat waves have one of the highest casualty tolls.

    Lot of the issue, though, has to do with the type of houses we have. Since we don't have lots of temperature extremes, we tend to have less insulated buildings--so whatever the weather is, we tend to get it indoors and out.

    Most houses don't have A/C and it's not really necessary most of the year.

    Instead of an A/C system, a lot of houses would benefit from a good attic fan/ventilation system. Insulation's made a huge difference where I live as does living under a big tree.

    Movie theaters are good "cooling" centers. Truly overheated? A tepid bath--that's how I got by in an apartment in New York with no AC and poor ventilation.

    There are a lot of interesting cooling and heating systems that take little energy--heat pumps, passive cooling systems--I expect we'll start to see more of that if petroleum stays up in the sky.

    But I'm staying inside--it's 74 degrees in here (no A/C)--sitting under a tree with lemonade sounds way too hot!

    Though I'll make an exception for groves of redwoods--they pretty much create their own temperate climate.


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    Posted by Joanne
    a resident of another community
    on Jul 8, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Give up my air conditioning? NEVER! One of the main reasons we left the Bay Area is that it's just too dang hot in the summer. I grew up in New England and hated summer there as well. We are in beautiful and much cooler Washington State, and we still use our A/C from April to October. Why suffer when you can be comfortable?!


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    Posted by OhlonePar
    a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
    on Jul 8, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    But I'm not suffering--because my house is well-insulated and under a tree, it was 20 degrees cooler than outside. In fact, it's below what they recommend for air-conditioning.

    I have a friend with A/C and poor insulation--houses are a similar size--but he has three times my utility bill.

    Why spend when you can save?


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