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.”

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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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