heat wave http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Why Complaining About Hot Weather In 2012 Made Sense http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/why-complaining-about-hot-weather-2012-made-sense <p>If you're a Missourian and felt hot under the collar in 2012, there is good reason.</p><p>The National Weather Service says 2012 was the warmest year on record in St. Louis and Columbia and tied for the fourth-warmest in Joplin.</p><p>St. Louis recorded an average temperature of 61.2 degrees for last year, a full 1.1 degrees higher than the previous mark of 60.1 degrees set in 1921. St. Louis had 21 days reach triple-digit temperatures.</p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:32:40 +0000 The Associated Press & Kelsey Proud 8138 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Why Complaining About Hot Weather In 2012 Made Sense So Far, 2012 Warmest Year On Record In St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/so-far-2012-warmest-year-record-st-louis <p>This year may turn out to be the warmest on record in parts of Missouri, a continuation of a trend of warmer weather that is having an impact on flowers, plants and agricultural crops.</p><p>National Weather Service meteorologist Jayson Gosselin says that 2012 through Nov. 24 is the warmest year on record in both St. Louis and Columbia, Mo., compared to other years through the same date. St. Louis records date back to 1874 and Columbia weather records date to 1890.</p><p>In fact, five of the 10 warmest years on record in St. Louis have occurred since 2005.</p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 20:49:34 +0000 The Associated Press 6796 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org So Far, 2012 Warmest Year On Record In St. Louis Recent Rainfall May Salvage Missouri's 2012 Fall Foliage http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/recent-rainfall-may-salvage-missouris-2012-fall-foliage <P>Missouri’s fall foliage may not be a bust this year, after all.</P> <P>Jim Low&nbsp; with the <A href="http://mdc.mo.gov/">Missouri Department of Conservation</A> says things looked pretty grim until&nbsp;a cold front this week&nbsp;dumped several inches of rain in portions of Missouri.</P> <P>“Trees were very stressed because of the lack of moisture," Low said.&nbsp; "The photosynthesis going on in those leaves was minimal." Fri, 28 Sep 2012 21:32:31 +0000 Marshall Griffin 4741 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Recent Rainfall May Salvage Missouri's 2012 Fall Foliage Extended heat takes its toll with deaths, illnesses http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/extended-heat-takes-its-toll-deaths-illnesses <p><strong>Updated 9:15 a.m. August 9:</strong></p><p>St. Louis County confirmed its fourth heat-related death of the summer today.</p><p>A son discovered the victim, a 76-year-old Lemay man, on July 10. The cause of death was certified on Wednesday.</p><p>The victim lived in the 700 block of Military Rd. The brick house had no central air conditioning, and a window unit was not working. The temperature inside the home was estimated to be between 90 and 95 degrees.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 14:27:09 +0000 Tim Lloyd, Kelsey Proud, The Associated Press, Véronique LaCapra & Rachel Lippmann 4026 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Extended heat takes its toll with deaths, illnesses How hot was it? July was warmest month on record for U.S. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/how-hot-was-it-july-was-warmest-month-record-us The <a href="http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/service/national/Nationaltrank/201207-201207.gif" target="_blank">all-red map tells the story</a>.<p>According <a href="http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/2012/7" target="_blank">to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"The average temperature for the contiguous U.S. Wed, 08 Aug 2012 16:25:19 +0000 Mark Memmott 4279 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org How hot was it? July was warmest month on record for U.S. Mo. small businesses harmed by drought eligible for federal aid http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-small-businesses-harmed-drought-eligible-federal-aid <p>Missouri businesses directly harmed by the summer heat and drought can get low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration.<br />&nbsp;<br />Small nonfarm businesses, agricultural cooperatives and nonprofit organizations are eligible for up to $2 million for expenses caused by the drought.<br />&nbsp;<br />The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared a disaster for 114 Missouri counties, making farmers eligible for low-interest loans and other assistance.<br />&nbsp; Wed, 01 Aug 2012 22:58:27 +0000 The Associated Press 4233 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. small businesses harmed by drought eligible for federal aid New report: in St. Louis, higher temps are the new normal http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-report-st-louis-higher-temps-are-new-normal <p>St. Louis is getting hotter. With this summer&rsquo;s record-breaking temperatures, that probably doesn&rsquo;t sound like news.</p><p>But <a href="http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/science_and_impacts/impacts/global-warming-and-heat-waves.html">a new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists</a> shows our hot weather isn&rsquo;t an anomaly &mdash; things have been heating up across the Midwest for the past six decades.</p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 21:20:29 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 4217 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New report: in St. Louis, higher temps are the new normal St. Louis officials urge homeless to stay hydrated, seek shelter http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-officials-urge-homeless-stay-hydrated-seek-shelter <p>As this year&rsquo;s heat wave wears on, St. Louis city officials are stepping up their efforts to keep the death toll among the area&rsquo;s homeless population from rising.</p><p>Department of Human Services Director Bill Siedhoff&nbsp; says people living on the streets can be at greater risk for heat-related illness and death.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 23:03:27 +0000 Joseph Leahy 4186 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis officials urge homeless to stay hydrated, seek shelter Nixon declares state of emergency in response to drought, heat http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-declares-state-emergency-response-drought-heat <p>Gov. Jay Nixon has <a href="http://governor.mo.gov/orders/2012/12-07.htm">declared the entire state under a state of emergency</a>, attributed to the effects of record high temperatures and record low levels of precipitation.</p><p>The declaration removes any procedural hurdles that would normally stand in the way of state agencies assisting local jurisdictions with their emergency response efforts.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 21:21:28 +0000 Kelsey Proud 4168 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon declares state of emergency in response to drought, heat Durbin urges railroads to do more inspections http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/durbin-urges-railroads-do-more-inspections <p>U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is urging railroad companies to conduct frequent track inspections to prevent rail derailments resulting from heat-related track buckling.<br />&nbsp;<br />The Illinois Democrat&#39;s remarks during a Sunday press conference come as investigators continue to examine the cause of a July 4 train derailment that killed two people.<br />&nbsp; Sun, 22 Jul 2012 17:49:59 +0000 The Associated Press 4161 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Durbin urges railroads to do more inspections