Dennis’ Local Almanac


Don’t sweat it, we’re in Laguna

If anybody in baseball hits at least 60 home runs in one season, my vote will go to Shohei Ohtani of the L.A. Dodgers if he gets enough at bats. Only six guys have pulled it off and that would be Babe Ruth, Roger Maris, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, and most recently, Aaron Judge. A couple of years ago, Ohtani clubbed 48 round trippers in less than 450 at bats. Personally, I liked baseball way more when there were steroids because offensive numbers were way off the charts from about 1994 through to about 2009.

There were a whole ton of 12-11 games. To me 2-1 games are boring. There were a bunch of teams with team batting averages in the .280s and even a few .290s Not one club in baseball last year had a team average of at least 270. There was only a handful of guys that hit at least .300 last year.

Dangerous heat index readings have been occurring in parts of Southern Florida and West Texas with readings as high as 115 degrees and that kind of temp is dangerous for just about everyone. When the apparent temp is around 100 with the humidity at least 50% you come up with a reading of 115, stifling indeed.

The job of keeping the body cool falls increasingly upon the evaporation of sweat as the temperature rises. Meanwhile, the other forms of heat dissipation such as radiation and convection, which depend upon temperature differences between the skin and surroundings, are reduced in effectiveness. In turn, the rate of evaporation of sweat is influenced by the humidity in the surrounding air. Wind speed and thermal radiation are also factors.

Discomfort is usually a complaint as soon as sweating begins, although to be sure, the discomfort and heat stress on the body would be much greater if one could not sweat. Clothing reduces the effectiveness of sweating, but it is needed for protection from the sun. To reflect heat and enhance circulation of air, hot weather clothing should be light colored, lightweight, porous, and most important, loose fitting. For most individuals, cotton or high-cotton blends are still the best hot weather fabrics.

When it’s around 100 degrees and the humidity is 15% or lower, then it feels like 100. However, once that humidity goes above 25% that heat index becomes part of the equation. We don’t have to worry about stuff like heat index hardly at all, but there was one exception that stands out and that occurred in July 2015 when we had an air temp of 84 with 76% humidity that resulted in a heat index reading of 95. It felt like it was 11 degrees higher than the original temp of 84.

Here at the beach, we don’t have to worry about stuff like that as the temp outside here at 6 p.m. on Sunday was a mellow 64 degrees with 64% humidity – so the dew point was only 52. The sun finally came out in the afternoon, but our high temp was still quite a bit below the normal of 72 for the date. Water temps are also well below normal for the date which is around 64 or so. Most spots today are scratching and clawing to make it to 60 degrees as the “enemy” is returning with gusto this summer. That’s why it’s been so gloomy this spring with cold water. Oh no, not another bunk summer!

See y’all next week, ALOHA!

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