The Weather Mob are forecasting high temperatures for Thursday. (see below) In themselves the high temperatures are not a problem and not unusual: it is summer after all. But high temperatures after 5 inches of rain IS a problem because that brings excessive humidity. Though once again – not unusual. But I have two very pregnant pigs who totally ignore their fans preferring to sleep like the dogs in the drafts from the doors. Dogs always know the best places to sleep. The poor old things are uncomfortable. Pregnancy and Heat and not comfortable together.
Storms are, of course, still in the forecast but that is expected too and we see nothing severe. Touch wood please.
We have a baby staying in the house so I have caved in and started up the Air Conditioning and gosh it is lovely inside. But going in and out is brutal. Though I still refuse to actively complain about the heat – this is only short term – Winter will return you know!
I am freezing chopped up watermelon for the chicks to peck at and the big chickens will be let out of the coop to wander in under the trees in the day time. Both will have ice in their waters a couple of times a day. The cows will stand in their waters under the trees and the pigs in their wallows. The pregnant pigs (and Sheila) will get Gatorade and water to encourage hydration (they love Gatorade it is a great pick-me-up for stressed pigs). The first milking of the day will be earlier and the second milking of the day will be a bit later when it is a bit cooler. I will keep a close watch.
For your information here is the notification of hot weather.
Excessive Heat Watch
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…OREGON…DIXON…OTTAWA…MORRIS…
348 PM CDT TUE JUL 19 2016
…EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON…
* TEMPERATURE…MID TO UPPER 90S THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. MID 90S
POSSIBLE ON SATURDAY.
* MAXIMUM HEAT INDEX VALUES…105 TO 115 DEGREES THURSDAY AND
FRIDAY…102 TO 107 DEGREES ON SATURDAY.
* IMPACTS…TEMPERATURES THIS HIGH COULD LEAD TO HEAT RELATED
ILLNESSES WITH PROLONGED EXPOSURE. THE ELDERLY…SMALL
CHILDREN AND PETS ARE ESPECIALLY SUSCEPTIBLE. PLAN AHEAD. HAVE
A COOL PLACE TO SHELTER FROM THE HEAT. AVOID OUTDOOR ACTIVITY
DURING THE AFTERNOON.
Much ado about summer.
Plan ahead – my favourite piece of advice. But it is not Thursday yet and compared to some other areas of the United States not even that hot. Today we garden, garden, garden. It is Sam and Axels last day tomorrow so we are not starting any new projects, just gardening and tidying and planning the last dinner!.
I hope you have a lovely day.