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- Feb 24, 2007
- New Orleans, LA + in the
My first visit to Las Vegas was in 1972, and Phoenix that year as well. My opinion is, the relative humidity was considerably lower 5 decades ago, and this made 100 degrees quite easy to tolerate, I thought. But I believe we've been pumping water vapor into these environments and also the amount of pavement and other hard surfaces have skyrocketed in scale. So, the heat index is higher and there's all this thermal energy that has sunk into the surrounding environment (heat sink) and so while the amount of thermal energy from the sun is fixed, the actual conditions that were once pleasant, are now beyond miserable and well into the danger zone.Yeah but it's a dry heat (until it's not)
I've got many friends and family in AZ (Tucson, Bisbee, Phoenix, mainly), work's sent me there... lovely people, couldn't do the climate and I grew up in Dallas. A colleague from Tempe used to delight in telling us he never had to shovel sunshine, but he left out all the other stuff I know about the day-to-day there, and would occasionally slip up about how oppressive it can obviously be.
What I genuinely love is that people think northern New Mexico is a Phoenix-esque desert. Totally true. Stay where you are.
As for Northern NM, now we have to add in all the residue of smoke, from all the fires. I'm thinking of the places around Calf Canyon and Hermit Peak, where we used to camp fairly often, and now they're likely incinerated.