Originally Posted by gjensen
Originally Posted by ronott1
217 days of sunlight for SC, 286 for tucson. Also the light has more energy in Tucson:
I have similar problems at my place--we are that orange area just up from the Delta in California.
Plastic water fountains do not last a summer here. It is likely worse in Arizona for sure.
I thought about the qty. of days without cloud cover. It is a desert, LOL. I lived there. I am familiar with Arizona. I could not explain it from three years to three times in a year. That is nine tarps to one. It is more than sunshine is what I am thinking. There is no difference in intensity, just qty. because of cloud cover (or lack of). The distance from the equator is similar. I was wondering if the dry air made a big difference. The humidity there is much lower.
It may also have something to do with the number of days of extreme heat where I am. 105 degrees in the shade is a cool summer day here. We have temps over 110 degrees for extended periods. It has already been in the 90's here this year. It's only mid-February. The hoop coop is not in the shade. The chickens in the hoop coop spend most of their days gathered in the shade around the pond, or under the deck of the house on the hottest days. We also have extreme winds associated with thunderstorms. The microbursts can rip a tarp to pieces in no time. They can come from any direction.
I have a billboard tarp but made the mistake of getting a new one. It does not have grommets or a pipe sleeve, and I have not been able to successfully secure it. It is extremely thick. The shipping weight for the 16' x 16' tarp was over 70 pounds. It might last longer than the other tarps I've been using, but it does me no good if I can't put it up. I can change out a regular tarp by myself in under an hour.
Edited by MagicChicken - 2/20/16 at 9:11am