The Heat is On

Summer Solstice brings with it the anticipation of hot weather. Here in Southern US we not only get hot weather, but lots of humidity to go along with it.

I often think about how summers must have been a hundred years ago when there was no access to air conditioning. Back then, country houses were often built under large spreading oak trees. Large wrap-around porches shaded the windows from the sunshine and the shade of the trees made the heat more tolerable.

With the invention of air conditioning systems came the demise of many of those large front porches. Now we just go in the house, shut the door and turn down the air. Most houses have only small porches and a lot of developments have cleared all the trees before they even started building. The solution: use more insulation and overload the power grid to keep cool.

Summer heat swells temps

Earth’s merry-go-round moves on

Heat wave closes in


Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Posting this for Frank Tassone’s d’Verse Haibun eluding to the Summer Solstice.

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72 thoughts on “The Heat is On

  1. I think about that a lot, how we don’t leave room for street trees anymore and all the effects of that negligence. I see it and feel it now that I am back in my home town. I’d much rather be in a shade cooled home than air conditioned. Yep, the merry-go-round spins on.

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    • It is very sad to see all the clearing of land and the destruction of grown trees to build developments. It will take its toll in time! Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment.


  2. Oh so true Dwight. Any new subdivision is leveled and every tree uprooted, it’s a shame as trees also help clean the air. No wonder our eco system is screwed up. On of the largest reasons for the dust bowls years. they cleared all shrubs and trees for farm land.

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  3. Nice poem Dwight.

    In South India many old traditional houses have large overhanging thatched roofs, mud walls and small low doors to keep the interiors in shade and cool. These are very hot places, but those measures with cross ventilation are quite effective.

    AC is a great relief, but not good on the earth as you mention in your nice poem. And cutting trees in name of development is terrible for Nature and starts a vicious cycle of bad weather.

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    • Yes and with the booming economy here, housing is going through the roof so to speak. They are building developments here as fast as they can. And it is down every road in our county.
      It is amazing how people adapt to their environment. I enjoyed your thoughtful comment!

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  4. I am grateful for the modern invention of Air Conditioning. It must have been extremely warm before technology found a way to cool us off and back then people wore more clothing. I remember growing up we had one window air conditioner and we would all gather in that room just to stay cool.

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    • I am very grateful for AC. I too grew up without it and did not have it in the classroom for the first 20 years I taught school. You adapt and get used to the heat the best you can. Thank you for your thoughtful comment!

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  5. The solution: use more insulation and overload the power grid to keep cool.

    This is exactly correct, Dwight. Luckily for me and my family, there’s a lovely cross breeze that flows through our apartment even on the hottest days in Jerusalem… so we never have to use the AC 😇


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  6. Wonderful sunny summer Haibun, Dwight! We can feel the heat! 😉
    We’ve lived in two houses that did not have AC, so we put in ceiling fans in both places hoping they would help some. 🙂 I appreciate the AC we have now! 🙂
    I read once that in those days you write about people sometimes wet down the bed sheets to cover themselves with as they slept on the porch on hot summer nights.
    We are so fortunate…yes, and spoiled these days. 😀
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

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  7. I love the older houses with a wrap-around porch. I still see that style in some of the older and newer homes in North Georgia. We live in an apartment complex and each unit has a balcony. I feel blessed the premise has an abundance of trees and we have a lovely view from our 2nd-floor balcony. In fact, there is a Judas tree right outside our balcony and we can almost touch the limbs.

    We haven’t had a heatwave yet but I remember when we would have sweltering temps for days. Actually, the weather is pretty mild in our neck of the woods.

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    • It sounds like you have a lovely place to live! North Georgia sounds like a wonderful place to be this time of year. A balcony is a good second choice to a wrap around porch! Thanks for your wonderful comment!


  8. Sadly, we are slaves to the power grid.

    I recently installed a smart thermostat (Emerson Sensi®), paid for by my utility because I signed up with their plan to adjust it under extreme conditions. We had one last week during a streak of high 90s, during which the temp would be raised to 77º (announced the day before). However, part of this plan to save energy during a peak time is to lower the temp in the hours before. For 8 hours, the utility set my thermostat to 72º, said to help the house make it through the 77º setting for one hour at 5pm. (I imagine that’s the peak due to people arriving home from work.) The thing is, I schedule my thermostat to 75º during the day. I may have saved the grid from a peak demand for an hour, but I can’t imagine how dropping my temp 3 degree for 8 hours saved me any money. On top of that, by 8 pm I realized my house had gone to 78º so I checked my thermostat and saw that it never reverted to my schedule after the peak hour, so I reset it. At 10pm the utility sent an email saying a glitch in programing prevented their plan from reverting to the customers’ schedules.

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    • How interesting. Sometimes the fixes don’t always do what they say they will do. The got a few extra hours at 77 from you. We keep it a little lower at night and around 77 during the day. Seems to work well.


  9. I grew up without air conditioning, and I don’t remember being miserable about it. So true about
    developments now. I see these huge mansion-type homes being built, with no front porch, and scarcely
    a back yard. Everything has moved indoors. I always wanted to have a wrap-around porch.

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