Originally Posted by tomfl
I grew up in Miami
as a kid in school
in the 1950s. My Dad was an MD who made a good living but no AC back then; it was simply not that wide spread. We moved several times to bigger more expensive houses; again no AC. Went to school
at USF in Tampa as an undergrad in the 1960s and guess what; no AC for cheap
student housing. Later attended FSU for law school in Tallahassee; finally got AC in the 1970s. My Seawind
has no AC and I cruise
it with impunity. To those who say they can't live without AC my comment is 'suck it up buttercup'
. For well over 99% of the time humans have lived in Florida
there was no AC.
It's nice to remember how things were back in the day, but today is a different day.
It's hotter now!
Pensacola is not just hot in July and August it's sweltering!
Having said that, I still did my 3-5 mile runs 2-3 times/week even on black flag days which is when the military suspends all strenuous exercise outdoors. Many times I'd be running in 90 dergees on up. There was a hose though at the end of the trail so I would totally take a shower
immediately upon completion to avoid heat related health
problems....that and drink lots of water
It was the same with sailing. Beach cats don't have bimini's or motors so it could get very how
Also with our 50-70 mile bike ride in the mid 2000's that didn't finish til near 11am. it got super hot sometimes
Most non-airconditioned houses back in the day had trees around them and good airflow. The apartments with AC built later did not and the air flow was almost nonexistant
I think it started to get really hot right at the end of the 1990's with the arrival of the El Nino's or La Ninas. I can't remember which but those Summers were worse than in the mid 1990's as I recall
The beaches are beautiful though and I saw my first rattlesnake crossing from the Bayside to the Gulf mid Pensacola Bay after running the beach cats onshore and walking over. It was quite a surprise
I also lived in Yuma, AZ for a few years and I don't remember 107-110 degrees there being as bad as Pensacola in July and August after the late 90's. And at the first place we rented, we only had a Swamp Cooler! No AC. (I'd never heard of a swamp cooler until after I'd paid the first month's rent)