According to Weather Underground, it’s 96° at the Bellingham airport this afternoon. That’s four degrees warmer than the previous record, set in 1960.
I’ve been optimizing a group of images for Garden Picture Library this afternoon. This one, of the floating bridge at VanDusen Botanical Garden, was made around Christmas last winter when we had serious snowfall and cold temperatures. For all my northwest friends who are sweltering today, maybe this will help you “think cool.”
I know that about 6 months from now when we’re suffering under dreary drizzly skies we’ll think back on these hot summer days and wish we could have saved a little of the heat for winter. Is some researcher working on a “heat battery” we could charge in the summer and use in the winter? I guess a ground source heat pump is the closest thing available.
In olden days they’d cut blocks of ice from ponds in the winter, pack it in sawdust in an insulated shed, and haul it out in the summer when it was needed.