Heat advisory issued from Thursday through Saturday in Columbia

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 | 8:50 p.m. CDT; updated 4:32 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Light refracts off the pavement as cars travel along Highway 40 early Wednesday afternoon. Temperatures are expected to continue to rise, and a heat advisory has been issued for Columbia starting Thursday at noon. Wednesday's high reached 85 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

COLUMBIA — The hottest days of the year are said to be upon the western, central and southern parts of Missouri.

The National Weather Service in St. Louis has issued a heat advisory for Columbia, Mexico and Jefferson City from noon Thursday until 7 p.m. Saturday.

Columbia is expected to see highs of 95 degrees Thursday, 97 degrees Friday and 94 degrees Saturday, according to the National Weather Service's seven-day forecast.

St. Louis is expected to see highs of 93 degrees Thursday, 98 degrees Friday and the mid-90s through the weekend, according to the seven-day forecast. Jefferson City is expected to reach 99 degrees Friday. Springfield could see a peak of 97 degrees Friday with a drop of just a few degrees next week. Temperatures will drop into the 80s or low 90s starting Tuesday, according to an Associated Press report.

Potentially dangerous high levels of heat and humidity will begin Thursday afternoon and persist until at least Saturday. The heat index will be about 105 degrees each afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Extra precautions may need to be taken. Wear lightweight and loose clothing, drink water and try to reschedule strenuous activities to the early morning or evening. Call 911 if you experience signs of a heat stroke.

Along with the heat advisory, flood warnings continue for points along the Missouri River. Locations affected include Jefferson City, Chamois, Gasconade, Hermann, Washington and St. Charles.

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Delcia Crockett June 30, 2011 | 9:48 a.m.

Our officers:
Shirt and Pants: heavy material that looks like it might be (or similar to) polyester knit, is there no hotter/heat absorbent fabric in the world?

Shoes: look rigid and more for dress - could get decent running shoes that are for wet/cold weather, as well as hot/humid weather and yet still be in uniform black. Most occupations have shoes of such caliber suitable for employee comfort/efficiency.

Tees: Also black - need to switch to cooler, more feasible white in warmer weather.

Caps: Some officers wear no head wear, and all of us are advised to wear caps or hats in hot weather to prevent damage caused by heat index.

Someone needs to adjust this for our officers, for respect in all they do each day for us.

Someone stole some plants out of my yard and threw rocks onto my front lawn and in the street in front of my house this week. I just asked for an officer who might be in the neighborhood to drive by and see that someone was prowling around at night.

They sent out the nicest officer, and he said that he had, just the day before, brought back the cute little puppy next door - most likely saved its life, because it had run down onto Stadium and was confused about where it was.

I know that the puppy has an identity tag on its neck, and its owner had told me that it was a Second Chance puppy.

Well, that nice officer gave it a third chance at life.

And, he told me about a security measure that I could take to better protect my backyard - as I am a sound sleeper and sleep through storms and everything.

And, he had on no cap and was dressed in all that heavy black from his neck down to the bottoms of his shoe soles.

Is Columbia's idea of warm-weather uniforms, just to chop off the sleeves - or do our officers wear the short sleeves in winter, too, under the standard jackets?

Another thing, do the officers have to pay for these uniforms that could be considered negligent in meeting the heat-alert requirements, passed on to the rest of Columbia to observe for health and safety reasons?

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Ellis Smith June 30, 2011 | 1:56 p.m.

Is it too esoteric to suggest that the uniforms may be as they are because the department and its officers want them that way? Maybe that doesn't suit some folks, but they aren't the ones wearing the uniforms. If the force doesn't feel the uniforms are adequate we assume its members have both the ability and good sense to petition for a change.

When we get through critiquing those uniforms, let's conduct both a fashion show and critique of the body garments, head gear and foot gear worn my pouring pit crews in steel mills. Problem is that the "critics" couldn't last 10 minutes on a pouring platform.

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Delcia Crockett June 30, 2011 | 2:46 p.m.

I have never heard the officers of the department complain about anything.

Come what may, the ones I have ever seen anywhere in the world, every one of them always says, "I'm just dong my job."

Other cities and other countries allow for the officers to dress appropriate to the climate and yet be uniform code perfect.

Now, I am not, by far, the first person to notice this about Columbia officers - as folks are stating in reaction to my writing about it; but I have only noticed it recently and commented upon it.

I continue to comment, because it is justifiable for the officers to be as safe and comfortable as the rest of us in heat situations - and I do believe that the officers will not complain.

They serve the community and see it as their job - but we are the community and we have every right to notice about their well-being and to take note, and to comment upon it.

I think again, Ellis, that you chose the tirade to deliver here, because of the poster and not the post, that lets people know that others have noticed this and think it is important enough to comment upon.

In fact, I did not post a comment until I had mentioned what I saw to another person who talked with another person, and so on.

I have even declined an interview about it - and I refrain from saying who asked for the interview as I do not have their permission to give that information and, out of respect for them, I will just say that I declined an interview on it.

If you disagree and think the officers should not have the opportunity to dress as other cities and countries allow their officers to adjust uniforms to weather, and yet remain in uniform code - fine.

Otherwise, people might think that you are tromping all over their idea for better for the officers who serve them - or that you just want to aim schlop at me.

Either way, you dissuade me not. I have talked to too many people, one-on-one, and know this is important to people who do notice it.

Thank you for your comment, and have a good day!

What's left of it!

Another hot/humid one!

: )

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Delcia Crockett June 30, 2011 | 2:49 p.m.

Correction: "I am just doing my job."

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