52 States in 8 Months

I hate high temperatures!

Posted in Newark, University stuff by Ulf on April 26, 2009

In the last days I was teasing Andi a bit because he claims that California would be the golden state with sunshine all around the clock. Now, the weather in Newark is much better than the weather in Palo Alto right now.

Newark, Delaware:weather_newark

Palo Alto, California:weather_palo_alto

But to be honest: I hate this weather! It’s much too hot, I can’t stand the humidity and I already got a sunburn today (it’s still April!). Summer really sucks. Maybe this is the reason why I’m afraid of global warming.

You might now propose to go into some building. Right, most American buildings have aircon. The problem is that our administration at the University of Delaware just doesn’t get a plumber to fix our heating / aircon system. Yes, the controller itself is working. Yes, the shown temperature matches the room temperature. So I conclude that some valve must be stuck or something:
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  1. Pingu said, on April 26, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Well … I sooo know what you’re talking about … here we literally could switch the Heating/AC from “heat” to “cool”, no time inbetween. But it’s nice to have temperatures in the 80s or 90s – at least for a little while. But you know, it’s not so much better if the A/C is working – then you always need to wear a sweater or something inside, at least in our lab … the hotter it gets outside, the cooler it gets inside.

  2. Ulf said, on April 26, 2009 at 8:16 am

    This is also what Susi experienced in our lab last year: The temperature was little above 50°F inside while they had around 100°F outside. I wonder why these AC systems just cannot give anything in between!

  3. Pingu said, on April 26, 2009 at 8:19 am

    Well, because that would make some more sophisticated control structures necessary and not only an on/off switch :) Btw. sometimes you find temperature controls inside your room – at least we have one in our lab :).

  4. Ulf said, on April 26, 2009 at 9:14 am

    The little box which is depicted in Figure 3 is our thermostat. Its setpoint is at 48°F. That is more than 40°F below the measured room temperature. One can hear a loud airstream coming out of this control box, indicating that the (pneumatic) controller is saturated at maximum cooling. Still, the plant output seems to be decoupled from the plant output, so no sophisticated control strategy will help as long as the plant is uncontrollable.

  5. Din Mor said, on April 26, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Da lobe ich mir doch alte niedersächsische Bauernhäuser, wo ohne AC-Gebrumme und technischen Firlefanz die Temperaturen immer so schön angenehm bleiben
    Tschüss und zieh dich kalt/warm an.

  6. theadventuresofmascha said, on April 28, 2009 at 4:08 am

    I can’t believe it is already 32 degrees Celsius in Newark; I’m so jealous!


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