Pat Shingleton for Saturday, June 15, 2013

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If you’re visiting from other parts of the country, sometimes it’s hotter and steamier than this. Years ago, air-conditioning was limited to stores, offices and bars. Air-conditioning today provides comfort in the car, bus, train and jet, with numerous units for the home and office. Fifty years ago, keeping cool occurred by moving air and ventilation, courtesy of an electric fan. Older homes in our area included a 4-by-4 fan in the attic, creating comfort solely on the principle of circulation. With screened windows, a persistent draft of air would flow from room to room. The ceiling fan also enhanced the movement of air. By recirculating the rising heat, this simple, time-tested device provided a downdraft of comfortable air to individual rooms.

Fastcast: Hazy, hot and humid .

TODAY: very Humid (Sun/cloud icon) 95/76

SUNDAY: Isolated Storms (Sun/storm icon) 94/75

MONDAY; Heat Is On (Sun/cloud icon) 94/74

TUESDAY: Some Storms (Sun/Storm icon) 93/73

WEDNESDAY: PM Storms (Sun/Storm icon) 92/73

THURSDAY: Hot & stormy (Sun/Storm icon) 92/73