The heat here is stunning - about 95F and very humid in the day. Even when the sun goes down, temperatures cool very slowly to 80F at midnight. Why do I know that ? Because the power went out yesterday from around 3PM to about 11:30PM. Sleeping at 80F and humid is a lost art for me. I discovered a flaw in my summer survival plans. The generator circuits do not run my air conditioners. Ughhhhhh.
I have to get the electricians in here to fix that - at least for part of my bunker. Otherwise I'll have to prepare to survive these events on pads & sleeping bags in the deep parts of the bunker - aka the basement. The concrete floor & walls make that very cool.
Why was the power out so long ? The power company says problems with overhead lines, BUT the real reason is high demand surprising them. When power demand stretches and pushes supply to the very edge, any small problem gets magnified greatly. That's what happened here yesterday. By today I hope the power company will have obtained more power from outside the region, or restarted some peak power plants.
By the wind, for wind power advocates ... there was no wind yesterday.
This is why my blog is sparse today - I overslept, making up for the poor early night's sleeping conditions.
Word of the Day
"Concitation" - noun [$1000] archaic, used in T. S. Eliot's poem, "Gerontion".
"Concitate" - verb [$1000] obsolete, rare
"Concite" - verb [$100]
Concitation means stirring up, rousing or exciting; agitation, excitement, esp. of the mind.
Concitate means to stir up, rouse, excite.
Concite means to excite or stir up [appears to be a spelling alternative for concitate.] The word seems to come from "con + cite", with the "cite" root based on Latin citare and the root "cite" relies on old usages of that word meaning to summon or call, rouse to action. The "citation" for military gallantry used this meaning.
Sentence: If a few more days of this poor power service occur, public concitation for better power supply might reach critical point. The power companies should focus less on wind, etc. and more on new natural gas peak power plants and nuclear base load plants. Those are proven to be reliable.