We're experiencing a heat wave right now in Orange County, California.
Yes, I know it's not as bad as it is in other parts of the country, like Texas or Arizona. However, I wanted to relay my personal experience with supplies.
The other day, I got our electric bill and noticed it was $71, when normally it was $45 (yes, living 3 miles from the ocean as the crow flies makes for very cool nights even right now). I know we had been using our central air conditioning unit quite a bit in the past month, off and on. So I decided it might make sense to get a couple of large fans for our place. (We already have two fans, but they don't oscillate and they are small, stationary models.)
Anyways, yesterday I went to Walmart, Costco, Home Depot, and Big Lots. They were sold out at Costco. A worker at Home Depot told me they were all out of fans (except a few ceiling fans) throughout Orange County (population: 3.1 million). Big Lots, also out. My local Walmart had a few small desktop units (under 10" tall) under $15, but no large units, nothing that oscillates.
Totally reminded me of how supplies at stores can quickly run out when there's a big rush due to a hurricane, incoming nor'easter, etc.
For those of you living in parched areas of the country, I empathize with you and would appreciate your stories and your lessons learned. I recall a customer from Arkansas once telling me she fed her yard donkey gatorade to keep her hydrated...
Due to lack of rain in July we are officially on the drought map here in the Carolina Midlands: things stayed pretty green due to lots of groundwater so it's not that bad. But at the end of July we had weather that made our normal summer 100 F temps look like a cold snap.
My observations about trends here during that time:
FWIW, I hear you on the fan shortage duringa a heat wave. Not being able to find a fan for love or money happened to me once during a heat wave back in NY: that's why we curretly have box fans in storage. "Two is one and one is none," as the saying goes.
What a difference a few degrees of latitude make.
No issues in coastal Virginia. We've had a couple of 100+ days, but have had pretty frequent rains. This is the first time in years I haven't had to water the lawn to keep it from going dormant, and our garden watering is way down as well. We have only emptied our rain barrel once and it refilled that night with one of our signature drive-by thunderstorms.
Yup, same thing happened here 2 winters ago with snow rakes, ice melter and then sump pumps in the spring. Beat the rush...
No big complaints about this summer. We had a 2 week dry spell right after the 4th of July. 55-gallon Rain barrel and well water filled the gap nicely. I haven't watered my garden since, other than for new seedlings.
I only turned on my AC for 1 day. Although I did struggle to keep cool several other nights. I cut several trees around my house, which most certainly did not help, even though my attic floor desk is now well insulated. I'll be looking to install radiant barriers for my attic this winter. They did wonders for my detached garage.
I do feel for the folks out in the midwest and south...
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