Saturday, June 30, 2012

Hot in Needles

Saturday will see 114 degrees in Needles, CA with 0% chance of rain. Needles has two claims to fame: Snoopy's brother Spike lives there and the legendary Rt 66 runs through town. Needles was the first stop in California for those travelers headed west on the Mother Road.  The hottest natural air temps that I have personally experienced occurred when I passed through the dusty town several summers  ago - 118 degrees.  Oh it gets hotter in Death Valley, but I've only visited Death Valley in the "off season," missing out on 129 degrees.


Gringo said...

Back in the day, I found myself hitching through Needles in the summer. It was hot. How hot- I don't remember.Maybe it was 114. I recalled reading about the Arabs wearing heavy wool robes in the desert. In imitation of the Arabs, I put on a wool sweater. It was like wearing a swamp cooler- if you remember those old ACs. I got by OK in Needles with that sweater.

Sponge-headed ScienceMan said...

Gringo - I don't know about a wool sweater in the sun, makes me hot just thinking about it. But I do know about swamp coolers. In doing some work in Gallup for the Bureau of Indian Affairs I'd see them on roof tops of some older buildings in town.

Assistant Village Idiot said...

I think most AC's are about 2/3 evaporation coolers anyway.