I love summer, but when it comes to hot hot hot temperatures I do have to be careful. I think it is every since my time in West Africa. I just grew in enormous appreciation for the difference that remaining hydrated has when the air and ground become sizzling.
Many of you may know that for the very first time, we are being told that we are facing a national emergency as temperatures are expected to rise higher than England has ever known.
My plan is to try and hide away in my little coolicious nest and drink buckets of water. I just don’t think I would be able to hack 40 degree heat.
It’s coming, it’s coming, the rain is on the way!!! The weather forecasters claimed that today is the last day of this intense heat here in the UK – or I have renamed this group of lands WISE (Wales, Ireland, Scotland & England) as I think it makes us sound better. I am going to hold them to their word. I keep looking for signs of a cloud in the sky like Elijah’s servant! It is coming, I am sure the weather forecasters are not teasing us.
This week at work, we had several patients wander in with obvious signs of severe dehydration. We promptly carted them off to the nearest NHS Emergency Care Center. I think for most residents of WISE, it is the hottest summer of our life-time and we have a newfound respect for what the sun can do, and a deeper appreciation for rain and cold.
I am preparing another post about Albert Einstein and in my research I came across this quote which bowled me over:
How powerful is the sun? At its core, the sun is about 27,000,000 degrees Fahrenheit (15,000,000°C), which I cannot even comprehend. If you could take a pinhead-sized piece of the sun’s core and put it here on the earth, you could not safely stand within 90 miles (140 km) of that tiny heat source! Every single second, the sun emits energy equivalent to the explosion of many hundreds of millions of nuclear bombs.
This heat is a tiny tiny minuscule fraction of the tremendous power the sun is kicking out at any moment. Our sun is one of countless billions of stars doing the same thing. I literally feel humbled and over-awed when I contemplate this phenomenal universe.
I can’t miss the chance to play another Muppets clip: