Interestingly, we’ll get more of the rain when rainy season begins around late June so don’t let this 100% humidity scare you away. It does get worse! Or, at least, wetter.
There is a little story behind this retro-fifties combo temperature and humidity gauge. This hung in the Merriam, Kansas home of my paternal grandparents for as long as I can remember.
Being midwesterners, the weather was always a topic of interest and concern. Letters and phone calls pretty quickly addressed the recent and current state of the weather, often offering comparisons to extremes set in previous years:
“Lots of rain, the most we’ve had since the spring of ’73…”
“Don’t recall a snow before Halloween except that October after we moved into the house..”
On the coasts, where people see themselves as so much more sophisticated than the people in “flyover country”, the arrival of weather as a topic is a clichéd sign that the conversation is about to die a sudden death or get bogged down like a superpower in a third world nation. Not so in the midwest, where weather is front and center in the evening newscast and equally prominent in conversation and correspondence.
Now that I’m here in Thailand, I miss those detailed weather reports. I know there is more going on than, “Very hot with a chance of rain.” I feel a breeze… is that a low pressure system? From where? How can people live without knowing?
In the final fourteen months before I left the US for Thailand, I lived in my grandmother’s house. By then she was in assisted living until she passed away three years ago this summer, preceeded by my grandfather fifteen years before that. As we cleaned up the house and sorted through their things, this thermometer struck me as a small keepsake that would remind me of my grandparents. It was also a little piece of my fourteen months of being a Kansan.