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Another classic blog post from August 10, 2006...

I said I would write up some things about my time in Mississippi, so here goes....

Weather

I had to start somewhere so I figure I would begin with something fairly innocuous...

To say it is hot is Mississippi is an understatement. Sure there are places like Texas and Nevada that are really hot, but there is nothing quite like the combination of factors to make MS stand out.

First, the temperature is pretty high.. not desert levels, but high. Added to that is that the temperature doesn't drop at night. Ya it might be 100 degrees in Texas, but at night? What 60-70? In MS if its 95 during the day, it'll be 85 at night.

Second, is humidity. There really is a difference between dry heat and wet heat. In the southwest if you go outside nice and sweaty, you'll be dry before you can count to ten. In MS, no matter how dry you are, you'll be damp within minutes of walking out the door.

Add to the humidity the other environmental aspects, like pollen, odors, swamps, etc. and you can get air that feel like you could use it as a packing material. The magnolia pollen can be so thick that the air tastes crunchy. I highly recommend getting a yellow car in Mississippi if you live near a stand of magnolias cause you wont need to wash it a couple times a day. I mean I have honesty never been able to actually SEE pollen wafting through the air before.

Of course, the heat is offset by air conditioning and most places have it so that makes life livable. Also, a lot of housing is designed to really dissipate the heat, which is fine unless you get a real cold snap in the 'winter'.

There really are only two seasons in MS - summer and fall... It rarely gets too cold in the winter, but when it does havoc can ensue. Power outages due to ice, people panicking if there is an inch of snow, etc.

Snow is funny as hell. No one down there has a clue how to drive on it. The Mississippi state can inspections are a joke - they check your lights (head, brake, and turn), your wipers, and your horn. Bald tires?? No problem. No brakes?? No problem. So watching folks try to slide there way around even the most minimal weather is a blast. Just stay out of there way. And the concept that four wheel drive will get you through anything seems to pervade the mindset of folks in the south. Counting the SUV in ditches after a snowfall should really convince people otherwise.

Rain can be just as bad - the roads get massively slippery in the first few minutes of rainfall. Driving in Memphis, TN turns into a contact sport during wet weather, so be warned. Especially since most Memphians seem to be unable to see the color red.

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