Pat Shingleton: "Still Hot, Stay Cool..."
The countdown until the end of summer now stands at 51 days. This column posted our recent survey noting ways in which readers, viewers and listeners could stay cool during our hot and steamy summertime weather. As we have already logged a 100 degree high and numerous consecutive days above 94 degrees. In addition, numerous heat advisories have been posted with more expected. In addition to our suggested ways of cooling-down, our golf group enjoys an icy towel across the brow that provides relief for a few holes. Our old friend, Todd Ross, noted a procedure that his dad, J.R. Ross, used. On golf outings, a small bucket contained hand towels soaked in ice water and rubbing alcohol. Once he “wrung-out” the towel the alcohol began a cooling process. Alcohol evaporates quicker than water and when it interacts with hot air, the evaporation process gathers energy to activate the phase change from liquid to gas. A typical cold towel is super cold with the combination of rubbing alcohol.