Hiding in the basement


Hiding in the basement


It’s pretty warm today.  Most folks where I’m from don’t have air conditioning.  Most business have it, cars have it, but many residential homes don’t.  Most folks do have basements.  Because our homes are well insulated to keep out the 40 below temperatures in the winter out, they also do a very good job of keeping heat out for most of the day.  But on a warm day like today the heat penetrates through roofs, walls, windows and open doors.  The upstairs becomes very warm, while the basement remains cool.  Around 5 or 6 pm the upstairs is just as warm as it outside.  Then around 7 to 8 pm the insulation begins to function in its traditional role of keeping heat in.  Thus it is warmer inside than it is outside.  Therefore backyards and decks across the city are filled with people escaping the heat that has settled inside the house.  The strategy at this point is open all doors and windows, turn on as many fans as possible and bring cool air in from the outside.  If we are fortunate a thunderstorm will develop and some intense rain will cool things down further. 

There are places that get colder than the Canadian prairie.  There are places that get warmer than the Canadian prairie.  But there aren’t a lot of places that have our range.  The max in either direction is probably about 42 degrees: 42 above and 42 below.  It’s nice to be on the warmer side of that range right now.  I love our summer.  With all the rain that we’ve had this year everything is lush beautiful.  Saskatchewan is really green and the crops look great!  I am looking forward to “the lake” this year.  I had such a great time last year.  The cabin is going to be full of some really cool people! 

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