occasional daily weather report; got shade?

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Shade structure at Theodore Payne Foundation in April

Cooler with some moisture: I haven’t done an ODWR in quite a while, but today inspired me to file a report. The pavement was wet this morning. Wet I tell you! Enough drops were falling to drum some spare syncopation on the pergola’s corrugated roof. The fleeting tap-tap-ping! concert was enjoyed while sitting on the bench under the pergola with the first cup of coffee. And with the moisture-saturated air, it’s noticeably cooler. Supposedly we’re going to drop out of the 90s today. Yes, Long Beach is technically a beach city, but we’re always the hottest beach city in Los Angeles County. And the overall climate? Heat records breaking all over Europe. Political climate? Cowardice/avarice at the highest levels of U.S. government prevail regarding mitigating the effects of heat-trapping emissions. Facing an epic failure of leadership at the national level, I just have to bring up trees again, and this piece deserves a spot on your reading list: How Trees Can Save Us: “A tree is a piece of equitable green infrastructure…For some people, having access to trees can be a matter of life and death.”

Find some shade and stay cool!

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2 Responses to occasional daily weather report; got shade?

  1. Jeremy says:

    Yahoo! It was such a wonderful surprise! Love your analysis of the “climate” all round!

  2. Kris P says:

    I missed this post until this afternoon but we’re on the same wavelength, Denise! I enjoyed the fat rain droplets yesterday morning as I scurried about bound and determined to make use of what I was certain would be a brief respite from the heat before meeting a friend for lunch. (If it helps any, she lives in one of the cooler beach cities and it was still steamy as heck when I met up with her just before noon.) Due to the fact that much of our house is now entirely open to the elements, we’re relying mainly on fans to stay cool at the moment, which does little to take the edge off the discomfort of going through a remodel. More trees would be very, very nice.

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