Monday, August 06, 2018

Hot air

See the little red dot in the middle of this photo? That's a hot air balloon off in the distance. It's one of the few balloons I've seen this year, which is unusual, especially given the lack of stormy weather. Normally we have balloons flying over the house several times every summer. They drove Callie crazy. This year, the few I've seen haven't got much closer than this one, and Tasha has yet to experience one up close. Maybe that's a good thing.

A red balloon hangs in the sky off toward the northwest.

I wonder if it has to do with the warm, still air. Maybe the balloons are taking off closer to the things they want to fly over (like châteaux) since there are no significant air currents to take them off course. Or, maybe there are just fewer balloons. Is business bad? No idea.

Today and Tuesday are supposed to be our hottest days of this heat wave, predicted to get up into the mid 30s C (upper 90s F). The temperatures are expected to drop to more normal levels on Wednesday as a system moves through with thunderstorms.


  1. It looks like the vineyard is doing well with the heat so far.

  2. The vineyards still look lush and beautiful, but oh that heat!

  3. evelyn, some grapes are turning into raisins, but that happens every year. I think the grapes like the heat.

    judy, yup!

    bettyann, no kidding!

    mitch, it's not as bad as what's happening in Spain in Portugal. We're nowhere near the 40s. Thank goodness.


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