Category Archives: summer


Oh What Fun …

… it is to drive a car in temperatures of up to 105 degrees Fahrenheit without A/C,! In addition to that, our route took us nearly straight south, so that the sun shining directly onto the windshield created a veritable … Continue reading

Texas Temperatures …

… are here again. After it’s now yet been (really) hot hereabouts, we have our first taste of “real” Texas temperatures today. The data for just now:

  • actual temperature [at 3PM]: 96 degrees Fahrenheit
  • feels like: 110 degrees Fahrenheit
  • dew point: 74 degrees Fahrenheit
  • humidity: 55%

The humidity doesn’t look like much, but as warmer air can hold more moisture, it really feels sultry. A somewhat better yardstick is the dew point. Anything above 60 degreesFahrenheit makes you feel uncomfortable. So, with the dew point at 74 degrees Fahrenheit, it is really, really uncomfortable.

Texanische Temperaturen …

… sind wieder da. Nachdem es bisher noch nicht richtig heiß war, haben wir heute unseren ersten Vorgeschmack auf “echt” texanische Temperaturen bekommen. Die Daten für heute:

  • aktuelle Temperatur [um 15 Uhr]: 35,5 Grad Celsius
  • gefühlte Temperatur: 43,3 Grad Celsius
  • Taupunkt: 23,3 Grad Celsius
  • Luftfeuchtigkeit: 55%

Die Luftfeuchtigkeit sieht eigentlich ja gar nicht nach so viel aus, aber da wärmere Luft deutlich mehr Wasser speichern kann, fühlt es sich wirklich schwül an. Ein etwas besserer Maßstab ist der Taupunkt. Alles über 15 Grad Celsius fühlt sich unangenehm an. So ist es nun, mit einem Taupunkt von 23 Grad Celsius, wirklich sehr, sehr unangenehm.

Hot, Hotter, Enchanted Rock – Update

I just found out in our local paper that this record temperature was not all it got to lately, but that it was even hotter a few days later, on July 23, when it was a blazing hot furnace of 155 – right: onehundred and fifty-five! – degrees Fahrenheit on top of the rock!

Heiß, heißer, Enchanted Rock – Update

Gerade habe ich in unserer Lokalzeitung gesehen, dass dieser Rekordwert noch längst nicht Alles war, sondern dass es ein paar Tage später, am 23. Juli, dort wahre Hochofentemperaturen hatte, von sage und schreibe 68 – richtig gelesen: achtundsechzig! – Grad Celsius oben auf dem Felsen!


Hot, Hotter, Enchanted Rock

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On Thursday, July 19, it was an incredible 133 degrees Fahrenheit on the summit of Enchanted Rock, just about 17 miles from here. Heiß, heißer, Enchanted Rock Am Donnerstag, dem 19. Juli, waren es unglaubliche 56 Grad Celsius auf dem … Continue reading


Watering Restrictions

For a long time, I think for two years or even more, we have been at stage three of watering restrictions here in Fredericksburg.I don’t want to go into all the details, just that for us it means we can … Continue reading


Summer Solstice

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Spurred on by a tweet from Germany about a fire on the eve of summer solstice, I decided to have one here in our back yard, too. Here’s some of the pictures I took: Sommersonnenwende Angeregt durch einen Tweet aus … Continue reading


Beneficial Summer Rain

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Yesterday, in the afternoon, we had a thunderstorm here for about 2 hours – not bad at all, but, on the contrary, with a wonderfully beneficial rain [we had 1.1 inches], that even made – true to its name – … Continue reading


… means, you open the cold-water faucet and the water comes out (piping) hot, or warm at least, because the uninsulated pipe runs in the uninsulated wall, which has long hours of direct sunshine, and you have to run it … Continue reading


The Seasons Are A-Changing

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It definitely getting more autumn-like now and what do I do? Put up a sun shade! What am I thinking? – Well, summer is not over yet, especially not in southern Texas. So we may still have use for that. … Continue reading


Unusually Cool

With just 72 Fahrenheit, it’s been really unusually cool today for the middle of July in southern Texas, even with the Texas Hill Country normally being cooler than further down and further south in Karnes City, where we used to … Continue reading