It’s Friday morning and it looks like we’re getting a bit of a break from the heat. I’ve lost track of the days that we’ve been in this heat wave. I think last night might have been the worst of it. It’s been unbearably hot in my condo. To the point my skin felt like it was burning at 6 am this morning. I’ve had maybe six or eight hours of sleep combined for the week. The heat inside makes it so hard to sleep.
I tried sleeping outside the past couple of nights on the balcony but sadly, the furniture is just not comfortable for that. I’m debating on whether or not to invest in a sleeping bag and air mattress. At the very least, I could move this into the living room on hot days. With the balcony, at least I get a breeze there. Or I could just lay outside comfortably.
For the past few nights though, there’s been someone in the parking lot re-painting the lines out there. It’s been super loud. And then the dude just sits in his car for a long time. I don’t know if he can see me on the balcony, but it seemed that he moved every time I did. I finally at one time threw a large towel over the railing for some privacy. Hopefully he is almost finished the work though. Plus his machine is SO loud.
Yeah I know. I’m whining. But I’ve reached my boiling point with this heat. My condo is still 35C and it refuses to cool down. But on the bright side, there’s a light breeze outside and grey clouds on the horizon. It smells like rain. So, here’s hoping we get a good pour today. We need it. I need it. The building needs it.
I’m supposed to see my dad today and was hoping to get him outside but that may not happen. I’m running on two hours of sleep and just finished my bagel. I also am drinking my first cup of coffee FOR THE ENTIRE WEEK! Anyone else find they can’t drink coffee when they’re extremely hot? I compromised this morning and made an iced coffee. It’s delicious and a cool way to get my caffeine game on.
I do plan on seeing my dad later. Maybe doing some shopping. But we’ll see how the day pans out. I sure hope it rains. British Columbia needs it!
Scary ass weather
This weather scares me. I’m on the fence with climate change. The earth goes through natural heating and cooling periods over time. But these record shattering temperatures all over the pacific north – has me worried. Is this what summers are going to be like from now on?
People in Texas are like, “Oh you guys are wimps, we get that hot all the time.” And I’m saying this to remind you: Alberta IS NOT a desert province. Not at all. We’re built for cold winters. In January, we can get to as low as -40 or -50 with the windchill. That’s right.
MINUS fucking 50 degrees.
We’ve had winter days colder than Siberia. I remember going caroling in -42C weather one year. We’re masochists too when it comes to socializing in winter months. But yeah. We experience winter and snow on the ground for six to seven months out of the year.
So Texas, do you think YOU could handle -50C winters? And up to two feet of snow? I mean, you guys cried when you had a couple of inches of snow.
It’s little things like this that really set me off. The entitlement. The attitudes.
Extreme weather events
I’ve been feeling on edge all week. Maybe it’s from watching all the alien and ufo videos regarding the Pentagon report. So disappointed in that but not surprised they didn’t confirm alien life exists. I’m a firm believer in that. It’s ignorant not to be.
Our neighbour next door – British Columbia has had some bad weather. They’ve reached extreme heats of up to 46C. That’s over 100F for you Americans. It’s too hot.
Air conditioners have been sold out. I tried ordering a new fan from Amazon and on the five day mark, the order was cancelled due to “problems in the warehouse.” AC is a luxury many of us can’t afford. And honestly, when you have winter most of the year – you tend not to need it.
A video surfaced on Twitter that really scared me. I can’t explain it. So, I’ll just show it to you.
Fire clouds spark 710,117 lightning strikes in western Canada in fifteen hours. Prompting weather specialists to call this “extreme weather” and “incredibly terrifying.” Or “I’ve never seen anything like this.”
I don’t even what I’m looking at here.
There have been tornadoes all over the states, which makes sense since it is tornado season. We usually get severe t-storms from end of June to early August. But heck. This year, there’s no predicting anything.
And then there are these haunting videos from Lytton, BC which is now 90% destroyed by wildfires. These fires are popping up all over British Columbia. It won’t be long before they make their way over here. These fires seem to worsen every year.
My heart goes out to these people who have lost their livelihoods and homes. I just pray that everyone made it out safely.
We’ve had power outages here. Water restrictions due to the heat. Extremely powerful winds – so strong the other night that it knocked over one of my chairs and planters.
Extreme ice falling from the sky
And check out this video from New York – the sky is literally falling. These storms are terrifyingly powerful.
I’ve lived here all my life. I’ve lived through an F4 tornado. Well, the tail end of it. And I’ve never seen weather like this. It’s actually kind of terrifying. I feel like Mother Nature is fighting to reclaim what’s hers. You know the saying, hell has no fury like a woman scorned. And that’s what this feels like.
And if I haven’t scared you enough by now — I just stumbled upon a video predicting a major earthquake in the pacific northwest.
I think maybe that’s a sign I need to get off the internet and go start my day.
I’ll end this post by saying, I’m sorry. It’s not my intention to fear monger. But this weather – it’s scary. Really scary. It’s only June and we’ve had record breaking temperatures almost daily. I barely survived this week. Between the heat, lack of sleep and migraines – I’m just glad it’s cooler today.
But climate change is something we need to discuss more and start prepping for. Because I think this is just the beginning of it all.