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100 years ago: Kansas being ‘roasted like a Thanksgiving turkey’ in summertime heat

July 15, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 15, 1913:

  • "'Steve, put a little more ice in this coke.' And you passed your glass over the counter, the white-aproned young man frowned a meaning frown, and then inserted another portion of coolness in the half-filled glass. You sought to cool yourself off both inwardly and outwardly with the little ice particles which you cracked up between your teeth. And this because the weather man was trifling with the heat records and endeavoring to hang up a new figure in the annals of the observatory and the W. M. won. Yesterday afternoon the official custodian of temperatures on Mount Oread glanced at the indicators and discovered the mercury up at the 102 point. He was revived some time later and after noting the figure in his book hiked for a cool spot that he knew about where electric fans were popular and where a much over-worked soda fountain was making a last determined stand against the elements.... This was a new record for the year 1913, established in Lawrence, Kansas, yesterday afternoon. It was close to 4 o'clock when the maximum figure was reached and the Oread thermometer began a slight decline. The previous high figure was 101 on the eighth of the month. But it was not Lawrence alone that suffered yesterday, and is suffering today. The heat wave was general over the entire state of Kansas and in many instances it was accompanied by a hot wind that literally baked everything in sight. The State of Kansas is being roasted like a Thanksgiving turkey these days, and with no promise of relief in the very near future. 'Another soda please and then to the swimming pool.'"
  • "The annual carmen's picnic given by the Lawrence Railway and Light Company for the employees is being held this afternoon at Woodland Park. The streetcar men are always busy when the rest of the city has a vacation and the company has adopted the plan of giving them a special picnic each year. A big time is being had at the park this afternoon. One of the features of the afternoon will be a ball game to be called at 4 o'clock between the day and night men."
  • "Four cattle barns, valued at $20,000, on the Kansas State Fair Grounds in Hutchinson were burned today The loss is covered by insurance and the barns will be rebuilt immediately."

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Sarah St. John 1 year, 8 months ago

"Yesterday afternoon the official custodian of temperatures on Mount Oread glanced at the indicators and discovered the mercury up at the 102 point. He was revived some time later and after noting the figure in his book hiked for a cool spot that he knew about where electric fans were popular and where a much over-worked soda fountain was making a last determined stand against the elements...."

Poor guy. Probably the same weather observer that suffered a similar shock in January:

"Well it was just 8 below in Lawrence this morning according to the official thermometer at the university observatory. The weather man looked again just to make sure he was seeing straight, then pulled his cap down a little further, noted the figure in his book, and hurried down the hill to where a plate of hot cakes and a cup of coffee somewhat overcame the shock.... "

Weather Observation: Not a Job for the Faint of Heart!

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