From commentor Stinger:
Memento of the day all my nights became three dog nights. Murray (L) and Josie (C) were joined by Oliver (R). Among the lessons learned: Never have more dogs than you have hands, because when you start to pet one, the others all come running and elbowing each other aside and then no one has any fun. But otherwise, they’re a pretty tight little pack.
Another maize byproduct to deplore — “corn sweat“:
… “Corn sweat” is an extremely simple way of referring to evapotranspiration, the process by which moisture in plant leaves evaporates into the air. Plants draw water out of the ground through their roots for photosynthesis, and the water in the plant cells is exposed to the air once it gets above the ground. It evaporates off the leaves just as sweat evaporates off our skin — although it doesn’t take place to keep the plant cool, like it does for us.
So evapotranspiration is not making things hotter. But it is making things more humid — which can certainly be just as bad.
In regions where there are vast swaths of any plant, corn in particular, humidity can be notably higher than it otherwise would be. And the Midwest is covered in corn. Over 94 million acres of corn was planted in 2016, the USDA reported last month, up 7 percent from 2015 and the third-highest corn acreage in the United States since 1944.
These regions are where the humidity is more likely to be higher because of evapotranspiration. During big heat waves, this translates into a higher heat index — or what the temperature feels like to our living bodies. When it’s 90 degrees out but the relative humidity is 40 percent, it pretty much feels like 90 degrees. When it’s 90 degrees and the relative humidity is 95 percent, it feels like an oppressive 117 degrees…
Charts’n’graphs at the link.
Apart from trying not to drown in the RNC schadenfreude, what’s on the agenda for the day?