/swelt(ə)riNG/ - adj. uncomfortably hot
synonyms: hot, stifling, humid, sultry, sticky, muggy, stuffy
The summer of 2005 wasn’t a particularly memorable one for native Murfreesboro, Tennessee residents. The temperatures and rainfall were fairly average, with nothing that stands out too dramatically against any other summer. While that summer was blissfully average for everyone else, for my family, it was a summer we still talk about to this day, almost exactly twelve years later.
On May 5th, 2005, my family pulled up to the Red Roof Inn on Broad Street with a yellow Penske eighteen wheeler pulling an Impala behind it, followed by an SUV pulling a trailer. The two vehicles held every possession my family owned and we had been living out of them over the course of the four day drive it took to get from our hometown in Yucca Valley, California all the way to Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
About half way through our drive, as the scenery began to change from the desert landscape we were so used to seeing into the vivid green of the Midwest and into the forest environment of the Southeast, it felt more and more like we were travelling into an unknown alien planet. Out were the days of balmy summers and cool nights of stargazing, in were the damp springs and sultry summers.
In hindsight, we probably should have done a little more research about the climate of the area, but back then, technology wasn’t as easily accessible as it is now. We used two way radios to communicate between vehicles on our drive and had a digital camera to take all of our traveling pictures and “Selfies” as we trekked across the country to our new lives.
Within three days of arriving, we had found a rental house to stay in until we were able to truly look for a permanent home to move into. Back then, in my childhood mind, it seemed like we were living in the middle of a forest out in the boondocks, as the house was nestled back in a neighborhood just off of a main road.
It was settled just at the top of a hill, surrounded by trees that, during the summer, attracted masses of lightning bugs after dusk and provided plenty of shade during the daytime. The stereotypical friendly Southern neighbors that sat on their front porches drinking sweet tea were always willing to play Frisbee or set off fireworks with us during July.
While seemingly idyllic, it was not without its struggles. Not only were summers in the desert dry because of the practically nonexistent rainfall, but the air had no moisture in it whatsoever. The heat reached grueling temperatures, but we could survive it easily with some shade and a bottle of water. Here, however, everything was different. This alien landscape was not only wet and green, but it was humid during the summers and was what threatened to do us in just going from the front door to the car.
The way that the air felt as if it was surrounding us, preventing us to sweat and cool down naturally as the human body does, was unnatural, and in one word: sweltering. Having never experienced a phenomenon such as this, we spent most of our days at home, with all of the lights off, blasting the air conditioner to arctic temperatures, and going through more ice cream a week than any Dairy Queen would in a month, it seemed.
Every meal we would sit down and genuinely talk about how grueling the weather was and how shocked we were that the temperature could be lower than back in the desert, but feel so much more miserable than any summer we had ever experienced before – and everyone else thought it was normal! In the words of Bananarama, it was a cruel (cruel) summer.
Any place we went that had air conditioning was like a safe haven to us. It was something we had taken advantage of before, but had now come to depend heavily upon it not just for comfort, but for survival. Thankfully, we didn’t find our permanent home until October of that year. Moving again in that heat would have surely done us all in, all exaggerations aside.
Twelve years later, we have adjusted to Tennessee’s summers and have discovered the magic cooling properties of drinking a glass of iced tea while sitting on the back porch. Still, the best way we have found to beat the heat is by basking underneath the cool breeze of our air conditioner and going through ice cream like nobody’s business.
While the above post describes what it was like for one of our own moving from drytown to humidicity, you can keep your cool by maintaining your AC unit and repair smaller issues before they become a hot mess.
A/C Leak Freeze
A/C Leak Freeze is an ingenious product that can repair small, hard-to-find leaks in your refrigerator or HVAC unit and keep you cool through the humidity year round.
HVAC Parts and Supplies
PandorasOEM has a large selection of HVAC parts, tools, and supplies to ensure you and your home stays cool throughout the sweltering summers.