I must admit at first glance I thought this rather bizarre - in the "Oh, come on..." sense. I still think it rather bizarre, but the "This is
pretty bizarre" sense....Probably doesn't make sense, so never mind that part....
I've noticed this summer that reported temperatures seem lower than what I perceive
them to be. I know our thermometers aren't as accurate as
weather station devices and I know my house is in its own micro-climate (hills & valleys) relate to being in town, but I've adjusted for that
(besides, it a perception).
I have a really high tolerance (and preference) for heat. If I stay outside and acclimate with the temperatures, move slow and steady, and stay
hydrated, I have no problem 100 temps, even with humidity (which we can't escape in the Ozarks).
This year, however, I've been whimping out with temps around 90, even lower. Because we've been having a higher than normal number of heat index
warnings and readings, I've (skeptically) blamed it on that. I also also blamed it (reluctantly) on age. I even tried to blame it on hot flashes -
only problem there is that all the other hot flash symptoms were missing.
But still, I started looking more at the humidity levels, and going by the "charts" these levels, at the reported temperatures, should be a piece of
cake for me.
Then I realized there was a smaller gap between the indoor and outdoor temperature (and the AC was never shutting off). I'm used to that, but having
been in this house for 10 years, I am familiar with the patterns. At 95 degrees (reported) outdoor temperatures, there should be no problem
maintaining a set temp of 70. Not so anymore - right now outside reads 90; indoor set is 70, indoor actual is 75. I should mention the AC unit was
replaced in April - you would think it more efficient, but I didn't notice this in years past with the 20+ year-old unit (and I definitely would have
Our basement, which has it's own unit (and is usually very cool) is having the same issue, as is my (attached) workshop under the garage, which has a
heat pump. We have an outdoor sprinkler system on it's own meter, and I've had to use more gallons this year just to keep things alive than I have
in the last 10 years (however, it too is old and leaks - it may be leaking more).
But I really thought it odd the other day when I thought a bike ride would be a nice way to cool off (even though it was only in the low-mid 90s). Hot
city streets are miserable on a motorcycle, so head to the open roads - but even on the interstate
- it was too hot to enjoy the ride!! Now
Nothing conclusive about any of this, and there are certainly variables (like...*ahem* age, I suppose) to be considered. If I had to guess, I'd say
everything feels about 10 degrees off, but considering that hotter hot seems more noticeable (to me) than colder cold
it's probably more like
5 degrees, I don't know, feeling is subjective, so maybe I should just say "It damn sure feels hotter."
The idea of an actual conspiracy? Very interesting