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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