Summer Has Arrived In Appalachia

Always On The Sunny Side

The Summer Solstice was on June 20th. For several days before and after, the Sun seems to stand still. The longest day and the shortest night of the year occur on the Summer Solstice. This is sometimes called Midsummer since it is roughly in the middle of the growing season.

For most folks in Southern Appalachia this is the time of year when intense heat begins bringing high temperatures and high humidity.

You know:

Hot as an Oven
Hot as 4th of July
Hot as a Firecracker
Hotter than Hell
Hotter than 40 Hells
Hotter than the Hinges of Hell
Hot as a Frying Pan
Hotter than a 2 Dollar Pistol

So how hot is it at your house? And what do you do to cool down?


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    July 8, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Well this one is not very nice but my grandfather used to say “hotter than a witches tit”….whatever that means. I love this post and am trying to catch up on all my favorites after being away for a week. Lots of reading…..

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    June 29, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    We’ve had only two hot days so far this summer and one was yesterday. We sat some lawn chairs in the creek and enjoyed a cold beverage while chattering with friends. A perfect day!

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    June 25, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    It hasn’t yet reached “hotter’n Hades” around here, but we know it’s only a matter of time. It has been hot and humid, but seems mildly so, compared to some Junes we’ve had.
    I tend to hibernate, staying inside with the a/c going ’round the clock, counting off the days until fall.

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    June 25, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Hotter than a ho on nickel night

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    June 25, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    It was a beautiful day here today – in the high 70s, but with a nice cool breeze and no humidity. That is my kind of weather.
    Our spring was chilly and below seasonable but I would rather that than it being hotter than the hobes…
    Last year a couple of days it was over 100 degrees and that is normal here but more in August. We do have very hot days but the worst is the humidity. When it gets hot & humid, it is central air time. Can’t afford to go anywhere these days with the price of gas.
    When I was first married in the late 60s, we would go to a movie and enjoy the air conditioning. That was our way of cooling off. Today that is also unaffordable.
    Have a great day and keep cool.

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    cathy nash
    June 25, 2008 at 9:45 am

    Hot as fire.
    (But cooler for the past few days.)
    Hope you’re staying cool. 😉
    And “Go Dawgs”–they still have one more chance.

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    Razor Family Farms
    June 25, 2008 at 9:29 am

    Still hot, hot, hot over here! Has it cooled off your way at all? We spent most of yesterday in the pool!

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    June 24, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    Hot as Hades….Hotter than June bride 😮
    Very clever post and I really enjoy the music on your site.

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    June 24, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Funny, I go to the mountains to get cool. If it’s hot there, I visit my favorite swimming hole. These days, we are spending a lot of time at the pool.

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    Granny Sue
    June 24, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    We sit on the porch with the ceiling fan on, and a nice glass of sweet tea in our hands to cool off. And take showers. When it’s over 80 I consider turning oon the AC. We did have an above-ground pool but I got tired of the hours of upkeep so we took it out last year. I miss it but love the additional free time.

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    Miss Cindy
    June 24, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    We’ve had some unusual heat this summer, 87 today and over 90 on some days. I live in Black Mountain NC. The mountains are supposed to be cool, I don’t know what has happened!
    To keep from melting I stay in with the AC and in general try not to move around any more than I have to.

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    City Mouse/Country House
    June 24, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    When down “South” in NYC, this is what I do to cool down – receive a $250 electric bill because I ran the air conditioner all month! Luckily, nights are still in the 40s and 50s in the Adirondacks. A week and a half and I’m back up there – can’t wait!

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    June 24, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    I know two! (Well, I know more, but…)
    It’s hotter than a black dog laying in the sun!
    It’s hotter than a snake’s butt in a wagon rut!
    And yeah, it’s hot, hot, hot here in Alabama!

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    June 24, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    It has not been too hot here yet, but I cannot believe the 4th of July is coming already!

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    Renae du jour
    June 24, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Oh, the two dollar pistol made me laugh. Visit us in Washington state– it’s in the 70’s today. Of course it’s much colder and rainy most of the time. We’ve been in our cardigans and I’ve been wishing for river-swimming weather. I’d love to have a few days in the 80s, especially near the Fourth.

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    June 24, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Oh, honey, get on with yourself showing off that clean oven! lol
    Here in West Texas, it’s hotter than NINE KINDS of hell. That’s what my daddy used to say.
    Also, hot enough to fry eggs on the sidewalk.
    And, hotter than a . . . oh, never mind.

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    June 24, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Here in NE Arkansas it’s 95 today. It’s a bit hazey too. Our himidity hasn’t been terribly bad though. That helps.

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    June 24, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    It’s hot enough to fry eggs on the hood of our van. Actually, it hasn’t been too bad here lately. 🙂 To cool off: AC, sprinkler, the neighbor’s pool, frozen grapes, smoothies, freezer pops, bath, lots of cold drinking water.

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    June 24, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Here in Utah we are in the high desert – we have not hit 90 yet but it is on its way soon =( With a house full of young kids – I turn on the air to keep cool. They need their naps! Almost as much as I need them to nap =)

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    Jennifer in OR
    June 24, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Not so hot yet, we’ve had an extra long spring. I heard that it will be in the 90s by Saturday, so I’ll have a few more words to say by then! “Oh, but it’s a dry heat,” so not so bad. 🙂 Ha.
    Keep cool; anything to do with ice or water or big shady trees works for me. Have a great week!!

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    Julie at Elisharose
    June 24, 2008 at 9:49 am

    It’s hot, but getting better. We have thunderstorms every afternoon right now. That helps cool things off. We aren’t running the a/c downstairs, but we can always go upstairs if we need some relief. It’s really not too bad out on the porch or under the big trees in the yard.

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    Razor Family Farms
    June 24, 2008 at 9:23 am

    Oh it is hotter than the cheeks of a Baptist in a strip club.
    BTW, you’ll love shoepeg corn salad. It’s fantastic stuff.

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    June 24, 2008 at 8:35 am

    I am impressed…is that your oven? So clean and shiny!

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    June 24, 2008 at 12:20 am

    What a clever post!
    It has been nice here really although we’ve had t-storms three nights in a row.
    The wind blows mildly during the day. I know the high temps are coming and I’m looking forward to them. My house is perched so that we catch a wind on the front porch almost constantly so that’s where I’ll be.

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    Fishing Guy
    June 23, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Tipper: That doesn’t look like a $2 pistol. LOL We even have to run the AC a lot during the Dog Days of Summer.
    Check out my vacation stay on my post today.

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    noble pig
    June 23, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    It was 106 at my house so we left town for the beach! Yeah!

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    Carolyn A.
    June 23, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    I buy lots of Fla-Vor-Ice when it goes on sale for 99 cents. 16 big different flavored ice pops to a box. They are a quick cool down for me. I also take my crochet to the Inner Harbor and sit by the water in the shade, or to one of the local hospital waiting rooms and enjoy their air conditioning. Saves me a little money on having to use my own. 🙂 xxoo

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    Valarie Lea
    June 23, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Well you pretty much described how hot it is here in North Alabama!
    Normally I try to lay in my pool. 🙂

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    June 23, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    It’s cooler than it was, but still hot.
    We like to jump in the pool or the lake to cool off. Also, eat popsicles.

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    June 23, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    It is hotter than all of above plus some and dry too!
    It is already sticky enough for your clothes to be plastered to your body. Hot as a cat on a hot tin roof. Hot enough to spit fire. Hot enough to fry an egg on the car hood.(no sidewalks around here)
    Anyway it is hot. The garden needs rain. Hopefully it will be soon.
    I love the top picture of the sun.
    Have a good/cool evening.

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    June 23, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    It hasn’t been that hot recently (the last few days!) We’ve had it in the triple digits though already, so I look forward to what July will bring! We cool down by taking a dip in the little wading pool at home, or head over to the town pool which is only a few blocks away. I’m working on a swimsuit cover-up for the latter!

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