Juannie and I endured a night without a/c last week when our ancient yet diligent system finally expired on a Sunday evening. We knew it was coming but we hoped to get through one more summer with the old girl cranking through the hot, humidified nights. The outdoor component of our circa 1975 system got flooded during Katrina and kept on kicking. It helped to quell the mold and mildew we encountered once we got home after three weeks in exile.
We desperately missed that cool blast when the power went out four days later after Hurricane Rita passed through the Gulf of Mexico devastating Southwest Louisiana. There's no way to comprehend the heat and humidity after a tropical storm or hurricane. It takes days of sunshine to dry up the entrenched moisture following such torrential rains. And that sunshine, while welcome, makes it unbearably steamy. We waited 5 days for our power to come back after Rita and not even Joe Klein would have denied the blessings that coolness confers once power and a/c were restored.