How hot is it?

After a really nice weekend in St. Louis, we’re in for another round of 100 degree plus weather this week.  Miss Cellania has a post asking the question…

Hot-sun-thermometerHow Hot is it?

* the birds have to use potholders to pull worms out of the ground.

* the potatoes cook underground, and all you have to do to have lunch is to pull one out and add butter, salt and pepper.

* farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to keep them from laying hard-boiled eggs.

* the cows are giving evaporated milk.

* the trees are whistling for the dogs.

* you no longer associate bridges (or rivers) with water.

* you eat hot chilies to cool your mouth off.

* you can make instant sun tea.

* you learn that a seat belt makes a pretty good branding iron.

* the temperature drops below 95, you feel a bit chilly.

* you’ve experienced condensation on your butt from the hot water in the toilet bowl.

* you would give anything to be able to splash cold water on your face.

* you can attend any function wearing shorts and a tank top.

* you discover that in August, it takes only 2 fingers to drive your car.

* you discover that you can get a sunburn through your car window.

* you notice the best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance.

* hot water now comes out of both taps.

* it’s noon in August, kids are on summer vacation, and not one person is out on the streets.

* you actually burn your hand opening the car door.

* you break a sweat the instant you step outside at 7:30 a.m. before work.

* no one would dream of putting vinyl upholstery in a car or not having air conditioning.

* your biggest bicycle wreck fear is, “What if I get knocked out and end up lying on the pavement and cook to death?”

* you realize that asphalt has a liquid state.

Heatwave in St. Louis

106 degreesWe’re having a heat wave in the Gateway City.  I had to run some errands today and my vehicle thermometer, which has been pretty accurate, displayed 106°F this afternoon.

The weather guy on the radio warned the listeners to “stay inside with air-conditioning if possible”.  Is that really necessary to tell us that?  Is there some moron who’s just sitting outside listening to the radio and thinks, “Oh, crap, I better go inside.”

Record hailstone last week – 1.94 lbs

HailstoneA giant chunk of hail that plunged into the prairie town of Vivian, S.D., last Friday was confirmed today as the heaviest hailstone ever recorded in the United States.

The National Climate Extremes Committee, a branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, confirmed the weight of a record 1.94 pounds and also a record diameter (8 inches).

The previous heaviest — a hailstone stone that fell in Coffeyville, Kan., on Sept. 3, 1970 — was 1.67 pounds, according to records from the National Climatic Data Center.

The world record belongs to a 2.25-pound hailstone that fell in Bangladesh on April 14, 1986, according to Paul Hudspeth, a meteorologist at the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C.

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