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June 28, 2012

Save the stand-still sweat

OSKALOOSA — This is so uncool — literally.

Last week, the weather became so hot that I actually wrote a story about the fact that it was unusually warm outdoors. The story, which ran Tuesday, June 19, features a photo of an Oskaloosa city employee working outdoors amid rather warm conditions.

Today, the weather seems to be creeping back toward uncomfortably hot and humid conditions. You know, the kind of weather where you want to avoid going outdoors if you can.

I understand that some people really like these sorts of tropical conditions. I know there are those who, in the dead of winter, yearn for days like these.

I am not one of these people.

To me, weather like today’s is nearly unbearable. I am not a fan of sweating without actually engaging in vigorous activity. If I can simply stand and sweat, I’m probably not too pleased.

I must commend all those who do work outdoors on days like this. You folks are much stronger than myself in these conditions.

As most people already know, working outdoors on days like this requires regular breaks, light-colored clothing and plenty of water. So, if you are or you know someone who does work outside, it’s good to know these things and be prepared.

For as long as I can remember, I have loathed extremely warm weather. I’m not going to lie — I would rather have a brisk 40 or 50 degree day than a 100 degree day.

It’s days like today that make me long for the cooler days of autumn. For me, that is the ideal time of year. There’s no severe storms or tornadoes and it’s not too cold or too hot. What more could I ask for?

Honestly, I don’t understand why some people dread the coming of autumn. Some people look at the season as simply a precursor to a long and terrible winter. I see it as a great relief from the oppressive “dog days of summer.”

From the weather forecasts I’ve seen, tomorrow will also be very, very hot and humid. Even though I won’t like these conditions, I think I can manage them. I’ve lived in Iowa for most of my life, so I’m used to extreme weather of nearly any kind.

I’m happy knowing that, in just a matter of months, all this summer stuff will be over and my favorite season will begin.

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Herald City Editor Andy Goodell can be reached at news2@oskyherald.com.

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