You know you are in a heat wave when…


  • Cars are parked under trees (or any other bit of shade) in parking lots no matter how far away they are from the building entrance.
  • Thermometers on time and temperature signs stop working.
  • For us planners, it is nearly impossible to install rezoning, special permit, or site plan signs because the ground is as hard as concrete.
  • Patches on asphalt actually feel a tad gooey when stepped on.
  • Homeowners and businesses no longer bother watering their lawns because they are fried to a crisp.
  • Building permit applications for do-it yourself projects drop because no one wants to melt in the heat.
  • Those who exercise are outside only before 8:00 am or after 8:00 pm.
  • Any building open to the public with air conditioning is very popular – especially indoor malls, movie theaters, and libraries.
  • The number of swimming pool building permit applications increases.
  • The last thing anyone wants to do is go outside during the hottest part of the day.
  • The sale of fans and portable air conditioners goes through the roof – damn, should have bought stock in April.
  • Public swimming pools or those at apartment complexes are packed.
  • Ice cream shops are very popular – double damn, should have bought stock in April.
  • The dog doesn’t want to go outside.
  • You see mirages and they are not fighter planes from France.
  • You dream of snow angels, icicles, and snowball fights.
  • You promise yourself that you will never complain about the cold ever again.
  • People are not as cautious about leaving car windows down.
  • Even the slightest breeze feels like a blessing.
  • A vacation to Iceland (even in January) sounds really great!
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