Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Too Darn Hot

When Troubadour and I decided to move south from British Columbia, one of the reasons we chose Oregon, aside from my having been born here and having family here, was the weather / climate. We were leaving Penticton, which is situated in the only natural desert in Canada. We did not like the extremes in temperatures between winter and summer. We did not enjoy -20 degree cold in the winter and 100 degree heat in the summer.

Reasearch states that the warmest month of the year in Corvallis is August with an average maximum temperature of 82.40˚, while the coldest month of the year is January with an average minimum temperature of 33.60˚.

Right now as I write this the temperature outside is allegedly 106˚. I beg to differ. My thermometer out back in the shade is reading 104˚, which to me says it is way warmer in direct sunlight.

Now, if we were living in Southern California, Arizona, Nevada or even Texas I might expect the heat. But this is Oregon. Our heat wave of 100˚ days started Sunday and isn't supposed to let up until the weekend. Not good when most people do not have air conditioners in their homes as "it is Oregon".

With the heat you must have humor and for the past few days I cannot get the song "Too Darn Hot" out of my head. Written by Cole Porter and performed by Bianca in "Kiss me Kate" in 1948, it has also been performed by Ella Fitzgerald and I am sure many others. My favorite verison is by UK artist Stacey Kent. Here is a video, hopefully it will work...

If you do not know Stacey Kent I urge you to listen to her music. She has an amazing voice. My favorite CD of hers is "Boy Next Door". Her version of "The Best is Yet to Come" will give you goosebumps.

For now I shall listen to some cool tunes and sip some cold iced tea and try to imagine igloos to cool off cuz it's ...too darn hot.

- Au Revoir

"I'd like to coo with my baby tonight, pitch some woo with my baby tonight....but it's too darn hot" - Too Darn Hot.....lyrics by Cole Porter


  1. We have had weird weather here too. Ours has gone the opposite direction though. I don't think I have ever heard the words 'cold front' in July before this year. Lately we have had a couple a week.

  2. Trobairitz:

    You are not alone in your thinking. Here in Vancouver it barely reaches the HOT zone and now we are up in the mid 90's, and perhaps 100 in Osoyoos/Keremeos area.

    Can't wait for the lower 20's forecast after the weekend. It was 36c (97 f) yesterday. You can only take off so much. Perhaps it would be cooler in a Kilt ?

    bobskoot: wet coast scootin

  3. Danny - it is amazing how topsy turvy the weather has become. I guess we can blame some of that on global warming.

    Bobskoot - sounds like you too are a little toasty. Troubadour did wear his kilt to work on Monday to be cooler and on Tuesday I had him take the car as it was going to be 108 on his ride home. We must just adapt. Supposed to be cooler today in the 90's, yeah.

  4. The weather is been weird up in WA and BC as well.... the heat wave iis just about done...should start to cool off on the weekend...thanks for the memories...great song...