Why squirrels are 'splooting' in the heat

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  1. wegs Matter and Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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  3. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    What I want to know is how it can be "a painfully hot August in Central Texas" when its still July in Saskatchewan. I know we're backward but....

    As for "these high temps felt across the globe", we're having a pretty nice summer here. We've only gone over 30C a few times and hardly ever over 35C. The nights are cool - I've had to close the windows a couple of times.
     
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  5. gmilam Valued Senior Member

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    I live in Texas. This not new squirrel behavior. Having said that, it is freakin' hot down here.
     
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  7. wegs Matter and Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    Oops, that was the wrong link - this is the updated one. Not much has changed, though.

    It's Currently So Hot in Texas, Squirrels Are Splooting | 106.9 FM The Ranch (1069theranch.com)

    I noticed this news story...

    Extreme heat wave triggers need to take the right precautions in the Saskatchewan sun -

    Saskatoon | Globalnews.ca


    Off topic:

    Why do most Canadians prefer using Celsius over Fahrenheit? I have a few Canadian friends who use F for the interior, and C for outdoor temps. The general answer is that it's what they were taught to use during childhood, etc...and they prefer it.
     
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  8. Seattle Valued Senior Member

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    What else could it be regarding the off topic subject? Why do we use imperial measurements when most of the rest of the world uses metrics. It's what we were taught.
     
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    It's not what I "believe" but it seems to be the case that the rate of climate change has accelerated due to human behaviors.

    I've read where we would be much cooler than we would prefer due to a natural swing back toward the "ice ages" and that due to human activity it's warmer which is a good thing for us but now that human activity has caused the rate of change to go beyond what we would prefer so now it's not a good thing.

    Either way, Earth will survive for quite a while longer and humans are limited in that regard.

    It's about climate change however and not just global warming. In Seattle warming would be a plus (until it isn't) but Texas would be on fire. It's also just greater swings in the rate of change.

    Last summer in June we had a week of 100 F weather (unheard of) and this summer warm weather is just getting started in late July and it's still below average seasonal temps.
     
  10. Seattle Valued Senior Member

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    Regarding splooting, I'll have to try that in August if it gets too hot or I can just go down to the basement.
     
  11. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Because:
    1. It's what we were taught.
    2. It's metric, and metric is better.
    3. Americans are bloody-headed, and Canadians are not Americans.
     
  12. wegs Matter and Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    TIL 'sploot' is a thing.
     
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  14. wegs Matter and Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    Seattle seems keen on testing it out next month, if it gets hot enough. We'll see if it catches on.

    Then, watch...it'll become a tik tok ''challenge''. lol
     
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    The next question is why they were taught Celsius in school, which is probably because Canada is not too proud to join the rest of the entire world in using sensible and convenient units.

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    I belong to the generation of Brits that went through the transition at school, so I learnt both metric and the old Imperial system. There is no doubt that the metric system is far easier for anything remotely technical (science, engineering, etc). Mucking about with horsepower, foot-pounds and feet/sec was a nightmare. And having a temperature scale that has zero when water freezes and 100 when it boils is easier to relate to daily life.
     
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    Lol! Well, looks like we Americans are in the minority, on this issue. Decided to look up if the US is truly lagging behind and to my surprise, there are literally only a handful of countries who refuse to use Celsius over Fahrenheit. lol
     
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  18. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Don't know about 'version' but it did happen.
     
  19. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldl Valued Senior Member

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    The way I heard

    English team sent over some details in metric

    This version sounds like it was an American team sent over details in English metrics

    Am I reading that correctly or has my dyslexia got it muddled?

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  20. Sarkus Hippomonstrosesquippedalo phobe Valued Senior Member

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    About the "splooting squirrels"... if they are grey squirrels... meh. If they are red, do what you can to make their lives easier! Reds are good! Greys bad! The UK red squirrel population has been declining for quite a while, and greys are taking over!

    As for the F / C temperature thingy... in the UK we tended to use F when it's hot, and C when it's cold.
    "Today reached 80-degrees in the shade!" (Farenheit)
    "Last night it dropped to -2!" (Celcius)

    It's only recently that we've really tried to embrace Celcius for both. Basically we were/are guided by what the tv news stations use for their weather reports, and now it is noticeably Celcius all round.
     
  21. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    According to Wiki it was a discrepancy between Lockheed Martin and NASA, both of which are American.

    And it was Lockheed that made the error.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_Climate_Orbiter

    As usual, real life is not nearly as ironic as the internet would have us believe.
     
  22. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldl Valued Senior Member

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    Thanks

    So my original hearing was incorrect

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  23. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    We don't, actually. I only use C because that's how it's reported. We drive in kph because the government posts the speed limits. We buy gas in liters because that's how the government taxes it. We buy milk in liters because it's supply-managed.

    But we buy coffee in a two-pound tin that's labelled 907 grams.

    I asked a 22-year-old how tall he was and he answered, "Six feet." His grandparents learned the metric system in school but two generations later he doesn't know his height or weight in metric.
     

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