Sunmageddon 2010

The Headline:

The forecast:

The question:

Am I the only one that doesn’t consider low-nineties to be “excessive heat?”

Come see me when it hits 100 degrees in the shade or when people’s eyeballs start cooking, otherwise, I call low-nineties … “summer.”


  1. BeauJacques
    July 22, 2010 12:09 pm

    Yes, you are the only one! :-)

  2. toni
    July 22, 2010 12:14 pm

    It’s not the actual temp all by itself that you need to worry about…you have to add the heat index…that factors in the humidity. Add that and you could be over 100.

  3. BeauJacques
    July 22, 2010 12:17 pm

    Just kidding! I spend a lot of time in eastern NC,

    I call this excessive heat: (Low of 79?)

    current forecast:
    7/22/2010 98° 76° 0.1 0
    7/23/2010 93° 77° 0 0 Hot with clouds and sun
    7/24/2010 97° 79° 0 0 Sunny to partly cloudy and hot
    7/25/2010 98° 78° 0.07 0 Hot with clouds and sun
    7/26/2010 93° 74° 0.4 0 Some sun, a t-storm possible
    7/27/2010 92° 76° 0.09 0 A thunderstorm possible
    7/28/2010 95° 77°

  4. Burghbird
    July 22, 2010 12:20 pm

    And of course you know we’ll have to see David Highfield out interviewing roofers and PennDot workers who have to “work in the elements” asking them what they do to stay cool…..and reminding everyone to stay hydrated….I’m sure we’ll also get plenty of lists of things to do in the air conditioning…..

  5. spoon
    July 22, 2010 12:41 pm

    Thunderstorms AND that heat… does this mean Bologna in Cher’s Turn Back Time battleship outfit tracking the weather?

  6. Marcy
    July 22, 2010 12:43 pm

    I thought the same thing! 90 degrees seems hot, but not “news alert” hot.

  7. Lauren
    July 22, 2010 12:49 pm

    You people are soff. The high in El Paso yesterday was 98° with a dewpoint over 65. And it’s El Paso, so it sucks. Ginny’s right–it’s summer : )

  8. Matt
    July 22, 2010 12:49 pm

    It’s excessive to what average temps are for this time of year.

  9. Clair
    July 22, 2010 1:20 pm

    90…bah! it’s going to be 100 here in northern Virginia this weekend, with humidity pushing the heat index towards 105-110. THAT is excessive heat. 90 would be a cool-down! LOL. After the freaking snowmageddon of 2010 now we’re suffering the heat wave of 2010 (it’s been this warm almost all summer down here!). What will fall bring? HAHA.

  10. Bram R
    July 22, 2010 1:34 pm

    You won’t be making remarks when we’re shoveling six feet of sunspots out of our driveways on Monday, and the mayor is stuck at Sandcastle.

  11. gunnlino
    July 22, 2010 1:51 pm

    @ Beau Jacques….. The Gin Girl is right, this is summer ! Tell me it’s better when your in your driveway with that shovel, the wind is blowing 25 MPH+ and the temp is 17 and has not been above 32 for ten days.
    Then your heating bill arrives at the same time as the car insurance bill and child support is due and the dentist tells you your in need of a root cannel.
    Yea 90 degrees.

  12. Ms Lee
    July 22, 2010 1:59 pm

    Bah! As a Burgher-turned-Texan, I have to agree with Lauren. I’ll grant that it’s higher than average for the area, but to call it ‘excessive’ is laughable.

    ..Oh, and Bram R for the win!

  13. Joe K.
    July 22, 2010 2:25 pm

    It’s above average but hardly excessive, I mean 93 is like 8 degrees above average. Of course weather people wouldn’t have anything to talk about otherwise. Stay cool! Hydrate! Put sunblock on! Watch out for ozone! Advisory!

  14. z
    July 22, 2010 3:20 pm

    You all forget the makeup of Pittsburgh. There are quite a few of us older folks who really do have a problems with the heat. I really don’t need the weather report to tell me to stay indoors (air conditioning) I just need to step outside and try to take a deep breath.

    But, for those of you “kids” who can tolerate this “excessive heat”, enjoy.

  15. emily
    July 22, 2010 3:45 pm

    This is excessive heat.
    I hate it hate it hate it hate it!
    Bring back snowmageddon!
    Well, maybe not that much snow…

  16. Jeff
    July 22, 2010 3:48 pm

    According to 30 year climatology normal highs for late july are in low to mid 80s…also Pgh gets an average of 7 to 8 90 degree days every summer…we have had 4 so far. To call 90 ‘excessive’ is a little excessive. Is it above normal for any given day…sure. But, it’s also normal for Pgh to get several 90 degree days over the course of summer. Try not to complain…enjoy it, winter will be here before ya know it!

  17. James
    July 22, 2010 4:09 pm

    Seriously! I’m with ya on that one as well!

  18. NW PA Joe
    July 22, 2010 4:13 pm

    I think if you are under 60 years old, it needs to be over 100 degrees to be excessive. My mother is 76 and has alzheimers. These are the people you worry about a little if the temp. goes above 90.

  19. Sooska
    July 22, 2010 4:34 pm

    I LOVE THE SUN AND THIS WEATHER. BRING IT, BITCHES. There. I am as obnoxious as all those snow lovers last February. I don’t care either.

  20. unsatisfied
    July 22, 2010 5:14 pm

    more heat!

    you snowmageddon fans can suck it.

  21. hello haha narf
    July 22, 2010 5:17 pm

    too hawt! my fingers sweat in this insanity. glad someone is enjoying it. come february or march when we are under several feet of snow i’ll be the one smiling…

  22. hello haha narf
    July 22, 2010 5:19 pm

    when i read unsatisfied’s comment i said out loud, “officially sucking it. and loving it!” my coworker might want to have me committed. or arrested.

  23. Pensgirl
    July 22, 2010 5:31 pm

    Given that it’s been in the UPPER 90s and into the low 100s for most of June and July in Baltimore (where I live) and DC (where I work), I’d throw a party for 90 degree weather right now. I am a human furnace to begin with so this has been sheer torture…I keep expecting my skin to melt right off me.

    However, I agree with a couple others that “excessive” probably was meant as a relative climatological description. Yeah, low-90s isn’t excessive objectively, but it is compared to a typical Pittsburgh summer day. The descriptor is consistent with the findings of the National Climactic Data Center for this year…this article from last week explains that the first six months were the warmest on record across the globe, with variance up to 5 degrees Celsius (which is HUGE).

  24. j
    July 22, 2010 5:40 pm

    I just moved to Baltimore three weeks ago. I’ve gotten lost in a really bad part of town, and I think it’s been below 90 maybe twice in that time. So it’s ridiculously hot, scary as heck, and I’m surrounded by Ravens fans. Talk about being in hell.

  25. Lisa J
    July 22, 2010 5:58 pm

    My advise for dealing with “excessive heat”…in July…in Pittsburgh is this: get naked, turn on a hose, and thank got it isn’t snowing.

  26. USCMike
    July 22, 2010 7:26 pm

    Maybe Lukey will head to 7 Springs again, to escape the ‘excessive’ heat?

    And unless Lord Zober melts down in the heat, he should be able to stay in the mountains and we won’t need to put his face on a milk carton, wondering where he is…

  27. Karen
    July 22, 2010 9:06 pm

    I do think that because the local “5 o’clock” news is a 4 hour ordeal, or so it seems, they hype stuff up — BUT I know we all have elderly neighbors, who might not have central air, and who might have quite a hard time… and find themselves in a tight spot and not able to ask for help. So let’s keep that in mind and watch out for one another!

  28. Johnaz6312
    July 22, 2010 10:59 pm

    Excessive heat warnings, Ok, check out the weather for Tempe Az this weekend on this link below. This weekend we will be “COOLING” off!!

  29. Ecstatic Pitt Student
    July 23, 2010 12:10 am

    You’ve lived in Texas. You know better.

    I sit here in my parents Texas home, not daring to take the dog on a walk past 8 p.m. lest we die of heat stroke. Meanwhile, my boyfriend in Pittsburgh is telling me all about his afternoon perusing the Shady Side shops, playing tennis at Schenley, and watching movies on Flagstaff Hill. It makes me kind of stabby.

  30. YinzerInExile
    July 23, 2010 8:15 am

    What I can’t believe (as I sit here in Georgia, where yesterday my car informed me that it was 102 — and a decidedly sopping, squishy, damp sort of heat at that) is how we, as a species, EVER MANAGED TO SURVIVE BEFORE THE INVENTION OF THE HEAT INDEX TO MAKE THINGS SOUND WORSE THAN THEY ARE!!! I mean, all those 89 degree days that people were just willy-nilly going about their daily lives, dropping like flies on every corner, completely unaware that it was perception what done them in. And all the mass graves and the mourners along every street, and the doom, doom DOOOOOOM!!! of which we were otherwise blissfully (if crankily) unaware.

  31. Dan (Not Onarato)
    July 23, 2010 8:37 am

    OK…when the chocolate on my swiss cake rolls is stuck to the plastic from a 20 second exposure to the elements…its flippin hot

    Call it the Swiss Cake Index (or SCI for short)

    Bram nailed it on the head!

  32. Me
    July 23, 2010 10:39 am

    I’m I the only one who remembers that you mocked prior to the snOMG storm? And then you apologized to Mother Nature for mocking? If we all spontaneously combust this weekend, I’m holding you responsible…

  33. John Franco
    July 23, 2010 12:37 pm

    The forecast is now up to 94 for today and 93 for tomorrow. I blame Ginny for this. Or Al Gore.

    All I know is that when I walk outside and it is 90 degrees and 90% humidity, I’d rather be visiting my brothers in Phoenix or Vegas where it’s 105+ and low humidity.