by Jim Lantern
Thursday 11 August 2016
Wave Goodbye to August 2016 Heat Wave in Oklahoma
…At least here in Norman, Oklahoma, about a 30-minute drive south of Oklahoma City, home of Oklahoma University.
Right now at 1:00pm CT the actual temperature is 95F with a heat index (feels like) 103F, humidity 47%, wind S at 15 mph.
Forecasted low tonight 77F. High tomorrow – Friday August 12 – 93F and then low to be 73F.
T-storms in forecast from late Friday to late Saturday, will bring a cold front – here to stay – no more 90F+ this summer – or at least forecast thru August 25, bringing highs in lower 80’s and lows in upper 60’s. More chances of rain and t-storms – at least 4 days – through August 25.
I’m predicting this will be the end of this summer’s extreme heat. Further predicting a cooler and wetter than usual fall season, followed by a mild warmer and dryer than usual winter 2016-2017. More rain than usual could bring floods during the fall, along with strong winds.
OEC – Oklahoma Electric Coop – really stuck it to me yesterday, especially during the peak hours 3:00pm CT to 7:00pm CT (Monday through Friday). I use MyUsage.com website to monitor daily use – how much electricity I’m using up and what it is costing me. I prepay OEC each month, and then if it runs down to less then $10 before the next month then I prepay some more. July cost me $100 and I expected August to be the same. Without use of the air conditioner it would only be about $40 per month, so the air conditioning is costing me about $2 per day. I’m currently averaging $3 per day total, but yesterday cost me $3.45 for 27 KWh at a rate of 12.78 cents per KWh. That’s just for air conditioning my bedroom, bathroom, and the short connecting hall between them. I hung a sheet over the doorway from living room to hallway. The only vent open is in the bedroom, and the thermostat is in the hallway. I’ve turned my bedroom (of my 1-bedroom apartment) into a kind of den. My queen-size airbed, side table with lamp, Zero Gravity reclining chair, 26-inch TV on stand, 13-inch TV on shelves, my desk and chair between them – using my HP Notebook on my desk. My view to the outside is through a bay window facing south.