The death toll from the recent heat wave in St. Louis is up to 14.
The city announced yesterday that four more individuals- three men and a woman- had succumbed to the triple-digit temperatures. The exact circumstances of their deaths were not provided.
The rising death toll has prompted Mayor Francis Slay to create a coordinated severe weather response program that will include the city's health, human services, public safety and building departments.
Strong thunderstorms that moved through the St. Louis area last night have brought some relief from the extreme heat that’s been pounding the region for the last two weeks.
The ten days of triple digit temperatures fell just three days short of the 1934 record, when high temperatures hit 100 degrees or more for 13 days straight. The summer of 2012 is only three weeks old, but eight record high temperatures have already fallen.
We all know it's been tremendously hot outside lately here in the St. Louis region, but how widespread is the heat? NPR's "The Two-Way" says "in the seven days ended Thursday, 2,155 daily high temperature records were set in communities across the nation." Check out the maps from the National Climatic Data Center in their post via the link.
The heat wave across much of the nation continues. We could hit 105 degrees on Saturday here in the nation's capital, the National Weather Service says. Washington, D.C., has already tied its record for most consecutive days (eight) with temperatures of 95 degrees or more.
St. Louis city officials are going door to door to check on some of the city’s most vulnerable residents as high temperatures persist across the region.
About 60 city staff members are following up with nearly one thousand residents who haven’t responded to robo-calls from the Mayor’s office.The elderly and disabled residents are listed on the city’s Functional Needs Registry.
The house-to-house effort even included Mayor Francis Slay, who was out knocking on doors Tuesday.
Nixon seeks permission to ease land restrictions during drought
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has asked the federal government to allow farmers to graze cattle on land that's been taken out of crop production as part of a federal conservation effort.
Farmers in the state have about 1.4 million acres of land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program, which pays them to plant other vegetation instead of cash crops like corn or soybeans. Livestock grazing is allowed on the land when there's a 40 percent shortage of hay and precipitation.
Thermostats turned to extra low and the blistering heat has put added stress on Ameren Missouri's power system.
There have been a handful of small power outages throughout the region, but so far nothing major. And looking at a week of triple digit high temperatures, Ameren Missouri says it’s ready to take on the extended heat wave.
How hot does the inside of a car get, and how fast? Check out this animation from the National Weather Service via the link. According to their information, the inside of a vehicle can reach 100 degrees in 25 minutes - and that's when it's only 73 degrees outside.
The atmosphere and the windows of a car are relatively transparent to the suns shortwave radiation (yellow in figure below) and are warmed little. This shortwave energy, however, does heat objects it strikes. For example, a dark dashboard or seat can easily reach temperatures in the range of 180 to more than 200 degrees F.