|It's Gonna be HOT the Next Couple of Weeks! NWS Data for DFW from 1898 Through 2009. Date the Hottest Day Occurs.|
Due to my recent hospital visit, recounted here, I now pay a lot more attention to hydration in warm weather. For example, I have learned that I lose about two pounds of fluid during my ride to work if it is about 80F. That fluid loss increases substantially for the trip home when it is around 100F. In North Texas, we are now entering the two-week period when the hottest day of the year is most likely to occur. The forecast for next week is for 100F+ days all week, so we may hit our high temperature for the year right on schedule.
Recently, I made another discovery. I discovered just how much even a “high ventilation” helmet reduces evaporative head cooling; a subject of unusual interest for the hottest fortnight of the year. Please don’t get into the safety merits of helmets here, this is just observation. It came about thusly.
|Headsweat Do Rag, Normally Worn Underneath the Helmet|
|"Bikingail" sez "Hydrate - OR ELSE I'll Shoot Ya!"|
|It's Risen about a Half Degree, Plus or Minus About Three Degrees.|