This is how my husband described the heat in the summer of 2007 in Baghdad when I asked him to recount it for me a few days ago. I still haven’t tried the oven test yet, but I get the point. Not fun!
During his deployment, I had to stop myself from complaining about the Georgia heat. It was nothing compared to Iraq where temps were regularly 110 or higher. In one of his care packages, I included everything I could think of to help him stay cool—a personal fan he could wear around his neck, a cooling bandana, a beach towel for the pool (yes, there was a pool!), even squirt guns to bum around with during his downtime. If I could’ve shipped him a swamp cooler without customs eyeing me suspiciously, I would have.
I didn’t know at the time, but our troops in the Middle East already keep cool using evaporative coolers. In fact, Texas-based Port-A-Cool, a leading manufacturer of residential- and industrial-grade evaporative coolers, has provided these solutions to our military for over 20 years.