It was so hot that...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT
Justin Lutz holds Orion Alexander in the Silver Fork Creek Falls at Pinnacles Youth Park on Tuesday. Alison Alexander and Jade Alexander sit on the shore.

Recent Columbia heat waves

• The last heat wave in June was an eight-day stretch above 90 degrees in 2005 that  ended with a high of 95 on June 29.

• In 2006, a heat wave in late July and early August put temperatures above 100 for five days.

• In  2007, temperatures hit 105 on Aug. 15 but missed the record of 108 degrees set in 1936. A high of 103 degrees the next day did set a record. 

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How hot was it Tuesday?

It was so hot that

Employees at Columbia’s Sanitary Landfill had to hold their noses and take multiple showers to block out the hot, muggy smell of trash.

It’s not bad inside the trucks where it’s air conditioned, said Tim Teel, who was pushing garbage into piles with a bulldozer.

"It’s going outside that is pretty miserable, the humidity is so bad," he said. “The smell kind of comes alive in the heat. The worst smell is probably dead critters”

It was so hot that ...

Alison Alexander and her friends tried to escape the heat by playing in Silver Fork Creek at Pinnacles Youth Park.

“We were all dying just sitting in the house. We don’t have air conditioning,”   Alexander said. "We need to do something, so we ended up all coming here. The dog and the kids love it.”

It was so hot that ...

Brenda Riley, a waitress at Heuer’s Country Store and Café in Sturgeon, said she sold at least 24 pitchers of sweet tea. In the kitchen, the cook labored at a stove, heated to an estimated 125 degrees, making burgers and fries.

Riley said business was slow, though, presumably because of the heat. Those who did stop by were looking for something to drink, she said.

“Sweet tea is big," Riley said. "We have farmers and construction workers come in, and they drink glass after glass."

“We had a guy today who was cutting hay, I just felt so bad … he was soaking wet. I just kept bringing him more and more drinks."

It was so hot that …

Roger Shuck’s '78 Chevrolet Scottsdale overheated at 2:30 p.m., and he had to roll it to the side of U.S. 63 near Sturgeon.

“I just got it,” Shuck said about the truck. “I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’m not a mechanic. I needed a truck to haul things in. If it’s overheating, it’s not going to do the job.”

It was so hot that …

Bryan Simpson had to make more than 20 deliveries without air-conditioning in a metal Hostess delivery truck.

“It can’t get any hotter,” Simpson said. “When it’s hot, it’s just hot.”

It was so hot that …

Employees at Bob’s Fireworks near the 63 Diner were unloading huge containers full of rockets and firecrackers, but not many people were browsing. It was too miserable to shop outside.

“We’re not getting a heck of a lot done today,” Matt Myler said. “We get two times more done after 7 p.m. when it’s not as hot.”

It was so hot that …

The soil temperature 2 inches below ground at MU's Sanborn Field was 99 degrees. The high on Tuesday at the field was near 96.1 degrees with a heat index up to 105 at 3:51 p.m.

It was so hot that ...

The National Weather Service has extended its heat advisory for central Missouri until 7 p.m. Saturday. The forecast for Wednesday in Columbia is for a high of 96 degrees by mid-afternoon.


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