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Not gonna lie, the hottest February on record made me happy. I'm… - Tactical Ninja

Mar. 15th, 2016

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Not gonna lie, the hottest February on record made me happy.

I'm basically a lizard and I choose to live in a lizard-unfriendly city where even people from Scandinavian countries and Canada say they've never been colder in their life*, because the people here are amazing. I have found a family in a way I have never found family before and I freeze my arse off for that every winter (and about half of every summer). So, having a summer that was actually a summer, where for more than a month I got to walk to work without carrying my heavy jacket, where I could sleep with just a light duvet and where sitting reading a book didn't require a blanket, was awesome.

It's over now but it was great and I feel like a bad person for being thankful for climate change. I know we're doomed, I know that my privilege for living in a country that will still get some rain and is mountainous enough not to be affected by sea level rise is showing, and I know that I will probably be eating my words in 20 years' time. But this summer, for once I was consistently warm enough and for that I am thankful.

* We don't need no stinking insulation, apparently, because we are a Pacific island.

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From:tatjna
Date:March 14th, 2016 09:11 pm (UTC)
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NZ was colonized in the mid 1800s and a lot of the planning was done by people in England who had never been here. They had no clue about the climate and assumed that all Pacific islands were like Tahiti.

In actual fact we have a cool temperate climate moderated by being oceanic, which means that we don't get a lot of variation in temperature. Wellington isn't that cold on paper (average temps between 11 degrees and 20 degrees celsius, extremes between 0 and 30), but southerlies blow unimpeded from Antarctica and wind chill can easily drop any given temperature by 7 degrees - which they didn't account for when building.

Additionally our climate is damp.

Laws requiring insulation and double glazing only came in in the 1990s and are not retrospective, so the vast majority of houses still have no insulation and only singly-glazed windows. There's been a relatively successful subsidy that helps people insulate their ceilings and floorspaces, but many don't even have that, and every winter a few old people and children die of illnesses related to being cold and damp. It's shameful.
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From:nick_101
Date:March 14th, 2016 09:51 pm (UTC)
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Here in California, it has been the hottest February on record and I'm freaked out about it.
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From:tatjna
Date:March 14th, 2016 09:53 pm (UTC)
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Yep. I expect people in normally-hot places are more freaked out than people in normally-cold ones.
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From:crsg
Date:March 14th, 2016 10:56 pm (UTC)
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If it makes you feel any better, most of Japan doesn't go in for insulation either. (Or central heating.) And yes, even in the southern areas where it's typically hotter than in the north, it's still cold enough to get snow every winter - even Okinawa got some this year!
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From:tatjna
Date:March 15th, 2016 01:01 am (UTC)
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Mostly it just makes me not want to live in Japan. That and their police.
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From:crsg
Date:March 15th, 2016 01:29 am (UTC)
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Public schools generally don't have any kind of central heating (or just plain heaters of any kind) in their classrooms either.

I've personally had zero experience of any sort with the Japanese police apart from asking directions though, so I don't feel qualified to comment on that.
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From:tatjna
Date:March 15th, 2016 01:33 am (UTC)
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I only know what I learned in Criminology, and that makes me glad you've never had experience with them and hope you never do.
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From:crsg
Date:March 15th, 2016 01:53 am (UTC)
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I assume it depends on their specific job within the police force. I see police often enough because there are small police boxes dotted everywhere, but they're for things like handing in/claiming lost items, acting as a place for children to go if they get accidentally separated from their parents, grabbing directions, etc.
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From:uke
Date:March 26th, 2016 07:21 am (UTC)
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100% confession rate!
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From:tatjna
Date:March 26th, 2016 09:36 am (UTC)
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Yerp.
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From:pundigrion
Date:March 15th, 2016 12:58 am (UTC)
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The lack of insulation really gets me there! Also window screens?
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From:tatjna
Date:March 15th, 2016 01:00 am (UTC)
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Fly screens kind of make sense if the only way to get air exchange going in your house is to open the windows, and you can only do that in fly season.

Or is there some other kind of screen I don't know about?
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From:pundigrion
Date:March 15th, 2016 01:01 am (UTC)
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I thought they were not a thing there!

Here the only time that it is warm enough to open windows for long is generally mosquito season.
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From:tatjna
Date:March 15th, 2016 01:03 am (UTC)
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They tend not to be in the cities but they were installed in every house I grew up in, in the country.
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From:pundigrion
Date:March 15th, 2016 01:04 am (UTC)
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AH, that makes better sense! Maybe it is that only people in cities have mentioned this :-)
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From:t_c_da
Date:March 15th, 2016 10:56 pm (UTC)
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In my (probably limited) experience, most kiwi houses have windows that open outwards, which makes fly-screens impractical, unlike Australia (where I grew up) where windows were always the slide up and down type, and fly-screens were just about mandatory.

I certainly miss the fly-screens in summer, to keep both the sky-raisins (aka flies) out during the day, and the moths at night.
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From:tatjna
Date:March 15th, 2016 10:58 pm (UTC)
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You can put them on the inside.
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From:topum
Date:March 15th, 2016 07:23 pm (UTC)
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I am with you on global warming I am ashamed to admit :).
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From:timeminihk
Date:March 24th, 2016 01:33 am (UTC)

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Interesting article.. Thanks for sharing.
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