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Archive for Monday, July 17, 2006

Triple digit temperatures bake city

National Weather Service issues heat advisory through 7 p.m.

July 17, 2006, 7:53 a.m. Updated July 17, 2006, 3:29 p.m.

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The burners are being turned up full throttle in Lawrence today.

"It's going to be another scorcher," said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. "With the temperature at 101, the heat index should be up to 115 for several hours this afternoon."

At 3:30 p.m., the temperature at the 6News studios in downtown Lawrence was 102 degrees and the humidity was 47 percent, making the heat index 120.9 degrees, according to the National Weather Service's heat index calculator.

The National Weather Service has put out a heat advisory through 7 p.m. today.

The weather service advises:

¢ Limiting exposure to the heat and avoiding strenuous physical activity.

¢ Drinking plenty of non-alcoholic fluids to avoid dehydration.

¢ Wearing light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and a hat and using sunscreen to reduce possible sunburn.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius also urged Kansans to take precautions during the high heat. She provided the following heat safety tips from the American Red Cross:

¢ Be a good neighbor. During heat waves, check on elderly residents in your neighborhood and those who do not have air conditioning. The elderly are especially prone to heat illnesses.

¢ Know the symptoms of heat illnesses: dizziness, rapid heartbeat, throbbing headaches, breathing difficulty, nausea, cramps, vomiting and diarrhea. If you should experience these symptoms, get medical help immediately and seek a cool environment until help arrives.

¢ Don't get too much sun. Sunburn inhibits the body's ability to cool itself. And when in the sun, protect your skin and eyes from harmful UV rays by wearing sunscreen and protective glasses.

¢ Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4 and 7 a.m.

¢ Dress for summer in lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect some of the sun's energy. It is also a good idea to wear hats or use an umbrella.

This morning's low temperature was 77 degrees. The average low temperature for this date is 70 degrees. The record low was 56 degrees, set in 1967.

The average high temperature for this date is 91 degrees. The record high was 109 degrees, set in 1934.

The hot and dry weather continues for the next several days, Schack said.

Tuesday's morning low will be 75 degrees, with Tuesday's high climbing to 101 degrees and sunny skies.

The heat continues Wednesday, with the low beginning at 75 degrees, climbing to a high of 100 degrees Wednesday afternoon.

Comments

nlf78 8 years, 5 months ago

I heard on the KC news this morning...that heat idex's are factored in the SHADE. Has anyone else heard that? If so...the heat index in the sun is going to be 125 or 130!?!?

bearded_gnome 8 years, 5 months ago

so, its going to be even hotter wednesday than today...for the band concert!
wow. hope we keep down "the heat related medical incidents!" this heat wears me out!


nice to see you back Jennifer. you weren't cited in the other weather article and I thought for the heat maybe they had you hidden in a secret "undisclosed location." please, hit the cool down button.

HappyFace 8 years, 5 months ago

Well, I was going to go to the sidewalk sale on Thursday...but, if the heat is like this...no bargain is worth heatstroke! :)

Godot 8 years, 5 months ago

the thermometer in the shade on the east side of my house reads 106.

redmorgan 8 years, 5 months ago

I always wondered why they have the sidewalk sale during to hottest part of the year...seems September would be a nicer time.

scott3460 8 years, 5 months ago

Good thing there is nothing to that global warming nonsense we've been hearing so much about.

Now that comment is sure to raise the ire of the apologists for the status quo and all those who deny the harmful influence of worldwide industrialization, but, as I understand it, one of the impacts of global warming is to make more severe the normal fluctuations in the weather. And let's see in the last 10-20 years we've had a couple of honest to goodness good hard & hot droughts, the "500 year floods," unmatched ice storms and probably a bunch more stuff I can't remember at the moment. Funny how all this once in a lifetime stuff happens to be happening now. As I said, I am sure the professional apologists will leap at the opportunity to tell me I am wrong, but as someone once said, I don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

And, of course, he also said it's a hard rain that's gonna fall.

True that.

carlwhoishot 8 years, 5 months ago

"The record high was 109 degrees, set in 1934."

Hardly an event isolated to the last 10-20 years.

thare 8 years, 5 months ago

Last year saw one of the most active hurricane seasons of all time. Both Decemeber and January were the two hottest they've ever been on record. It just came out that the last six months were the hottest first six months across the nation in any given year since they started keeping records. Certainly there have been really bad storms, and really hot days...but this close together? All at once? Do people actually believe that there is no connection whatsoever to human behavior and the environment? Seriously? Do you remember those winters when we used to get snow?

scott3460 8 years, 5 months ago

"Thanks Carl. People tend to only think the World has existed since they gained consciousness."

And some people tend to think that if it is not possible to prove something to the nth degree of certainty it is not true. Witness, ruskastud.

And by the way, how does looking at the observed records make one look stupid? Seems like the appropriate thing to do. Stupid would be assuming one thing or another about what happened for 4.5 billion years without any observable validation. Because it is just as easy for me to throw out a wild assertion that the earth's climate did not vary by more than 10 degrees during the entire period of time. Without falling back on some sort of observable data, there is no way to resolve the validity of the claim.

thare 8 years, 5 months ago

ruskastud...so i'm to pay absolutely no attention whatsoever to the records of the last hundred years b/c they mean nothing at all? According to those records it's never been this consistently hot in all those years. I can't know what the temperature was 4 billion years ago and neither can you (though it makes an awful convienent excuse for you to not have to care) but I do know that with the increase in industrialization and population it has gotten warmer. Coincidence? Hell, maybe it is, but just in case it's not, why not make an effort or give a damn? But then again I don't expect someone who would instantly resort to name calling to have half a brain enough to realize these things.

devobrun 8 years, 5 months ago

One hundred years ago there was no asphalt roadway. One hundred years ago there were a few thermometers here and there. According to Weather Underground the temp at several sites in Lawrence varied by about 5 deg F.

Data today is rather sparse and variable.

Data from years past sucks.

Don't know if the earth is warming, neither do you.

Gabe Hoffman 8 years, 5 months ago

Well it's a good thing knowing that the climate of this world never changes, humans present or not....

Phew...er....wait....

HappyFace 8 years, 5 months ago

Well, I heard that they do the sidewalk sale to boost an otherwise slow sales time. I can understand that...but it sure makes your customers suffer! I agree....September would be wonderful! :)

bearded_gnome 8 years, 5 months ago

and, regardless of human activity, the solar energy output is up in more than one band. whaddaya think more sun power does to lil;' ol;' earth??? ... uh, yeah, it makes it warm up and would happen the same if we were hunter gatherers, our current social arrangement, or star trek! btw (speaking of Star Trek), Scotty, please beam up the religious zealots who believe in global warming caused by man's intervention so we can return to sanity!

bearded_gnome 8 years, 5 months ago

July 17, 2006 -- Hans Peter Niesward, from the Department of Gravitationsphysik at the ISA in Munich, says we can stop global warming in one fell swoop - or, more accurately, in one big jump.

The slightly disheveled professor states his case on WorldJumpDay.org, an Internet site created to recruit 600,000,000 people to jump simultaneously on July 20 at 11:39:13 GMT in an effort to shift Earth's position.

Niesward claims that on this day "Earth occupies one of the most fragile positions in its orbits for the last 100 years." According to the site, the shift in orbit will "stop global warming, extend daytime hours and create a more homogeneous climate."

The Man Who Wasn't There

Niesward's theory has at least one major flaw: Niesward doesn't really exist. He is a character created by Torsten Lauschmann, a German-born artist living in Scotland. Lauschmann - a live performer, filmmaker, DJ and photographer - may be best known for his work "Misshapen Pearl," described as a "phenomenological investigation of the streetlamp's function in our consumer society." ...

In 2005, Lauschmann encouraged scientists and bloggers from around the world to discuss World Jump Day.

"He thought it would just circulate among friends, but it quickly seemed to morph. Within weeks it was global - people in Australia were talking about it on the radio," said Neil Mulholland, a reader in contemporary art theory at Edinburgh College of Art. "The more it was discussed, the more people joined the site, and it crashed several times."

Kodiac 8 years, 5 months ago

Devo,

That is an amazing trick you do. Spread your little propaganda, someone challenges it, then you disappear and reappear on other discussion groups until someone challenges you again then off you go. Kind of getting tiring Devo trying to get you to respond to actual questions. Lets see here, Devo says hah, you weren't there so you don't know. Wow is that really how science is done Devo. Are you saying we can't make inferences from any of the observations we have today? Are you really questioning the nature of the assumptions being made here Devo. Are you making any kind of alternative hypothesis that can be tested or could be used to explain the present data we have to look at. Isn't that what science Devo. Do we really stop and throw our hands up in the air and say "well we weren't there so we might as well forget about it"....

How do you think science is done Devo. We make a hypothesis, maybe create a model, then the results are compared to data, and if there is a mismatch, both the data and the models are re-examined. Sometimes the models can be improved, sometimes the data was mis-interpreted. Every time this happens and we get improved matches between them, we have a little more confidence in their projections for the future, and we go out and look for better tests. That is in fact pretty close to the textbook definition of science isn't it Devo. Why would anyone deprive students of the understanding that science really is done this way.

Get out of the Dark ages Devo.

Been reading about Louis Agassiz. I think you might have agreed with him about evolution but not about geology. Kind of an interesting guy. Pretty ironic that he was so adamant about there being created kinds but then also built probably one of the greatest natural history museums that provide an incredible amount of evidence for the processes of evolution.

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