The number of climate records broken in the last few years is stunning ... It's been relentless ..." - Tom Randall. Bloomberg, May 18, 2016. Here is the article.
Bloomberg leveraged that meme of extreme high temperatures last month.
Since then, triple-digit temperatures have overtaken parts of the U.S. I now live in one of them: Tucson, Arizona.
Last Sunday, the temperature in Tucson, around 1:00 P.M., was about 114 degrees. I had to wait until 11:00 P.M. to be able to walk the dog for him to do his business. He balked several times earlier. That's no surprise since he's stuck with wearing a fur coat.
But, like all developments, this meme has generated side effects which can be useful to some of us. For those, I have developed the mindset that I will put up with the heat.
At the top of the list is that those toying with the idea of relocating to this part of AZ will reconsider. That could keep the lid of increases in rent. No fools, property owners get it that the smart financial path is to rent, not buy. That realization is bundled into both the initial lease and renewal increases. A major reason I fled the East Coast was what seemed to be surge pricing in rentals.
Another positive from the heat situation is that I am getting more work done. That ranges from client assignments (delivered before deadline) to creating and transmitting marketing pitches. Instead of jumping into the car with the dog and doing day trips at tourist spots such as Tombstone, AZ, I am stuck in the air-conditioned bunker.
Last weekend, neighbors warned me, a relative newbie to the desert, how easily cars, even new lux ones, break down as the temperatures increase. Since there are so many disabled vehicles, it could be hours before the tow truck arrives. By that time you could be dead. I postponed the planned outing, about a two-hour drive from my apartment.
A third outcome from everyone into the heat meme is that interpersonal boundaries are more fluid. The man next door lingered on our shared patio to reflect on "what's going on." I enjoyed connecting.
Of course, there are also lousy side effects.
The electricity bill for the air-conditioning running 24/7 will be high.
Since the dog is covering fewer miles on his daily walks we both could put on the pounds. That's a weighty matter since we are both aging.
For example, I re-installed a editing filter on everything I say. There was a meltdown by one resident in our communal laundry room over a machine which ate his card. Normally I would have intervened with advice. Instead, I made no comment, avoiding eye contact.
If the predictions about global warming are accurate, these positive and negative side effects could become the new normal.