Some regions experience cooler temperatures but Columbia heat persists

Friday, June 29, 2012 | 9:17 p.m. CDT; updated 6:31 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 2, 2012
People across the country have been feeling the effects of the excessive June heat.

COLUMBIA — Temperatures in Columbia have soared the past few days. While people in the area struggle with the heat and drought-like conditions, people in other parts of the country chime in about the weather in their region.

SAN DIEGO: “It doesn’t get any better,” Jeremy Herrera said about the weather in San Diego Friday afternoon. 

Herrera is an employee at Dog Beach Dog Wash, the first-ever self serve dog wash. The business started 20 years ago by Mindy Pellissier and Jane Donley and as a place for people to wash their dogs after a day at the dog beach. Just last month the business celebrated its 450,000 wash by bathing a dog named Oscar.

Pellissier and Donley couldn’t have picked a better place for their business. Herrera said the weather is around 72 degrees with a nice breeze, and described the weather as “beautiful, perfect, paradise.”

Herrera was exact. The high in San Diego was 72 degrees Friday.

BAR HARBOR, MAINE: It has been eight years since Gary Rich and Heidi Burnham  first opened the Atlantean Cottage Bed and Breakfast in Bar Harbor, when they changed careers from engineers to B&B owners. 

Friday afternoon Rich had actually stepped away from the inn for a bike ride. “At the moment, the weather is perfect,” Rich said. He added that a fairly constant sea breeze helps to keep the weather comfortable. He said they enjoy average, mild summers in the Bar Harbor area. The temperature peaked at 73 degrees Friday.

Most come to the inn for the outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and kayaking, and the weather helps attract visitors to the region. 

“Get on a plane now,” he said while laughing.

GAINESVILLE, FLA.: The Plant Shoppe is located near the University of Florida. Being in Gator-land, they tend to sell a lot of orange and blue arrangements, shop owner Betsy Gardner said. Gardner worked in the shop during college, and purchased it 13 years ago. 

“I don’t even see a fluffy cloud right now," Gardner said. She described Friday afternoon as being warm and sunny. 

She said the weather isn't humid, and there is even a slight breeze to make the 90-degree day a little more enjoyable. The temperature eventually climbed to 91 degrees for the high in Gainesville on Friday.

The pleasant weather is sweet relief from the almost constant rain that pelted Gainesville during Tropical Storm Debby, Gardner said.

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS: As a manager of Wind and Wave Watersports, Ryan McKiney spent his Friday afternoon in a shop full of surfboards, kayaks and other watersport accessories. He said it's the busiest time of the year for the business, even though it was in the 90s on Friday. Hot weather actually gets more people out, McKiney said.

He described the day as mostly sunny, but with some scattered storms. The heat seemed more bearable because of the clouds that helped keep the day a little cooler he said. The high was 92 degrees in Corpus Christi on Friday.

FAIRBANKS, ALASKA:  “Sunny, cloudy, and rainy all at the same time,” Ronn Murray said when describing the weather in Fairbanks Friday.

While driving, he said it was lightly sprinkling on his windshield, but he could see the sun shining ahead of him.

Lately there has been good weather, with some nice, sunny days. Fairbanks is extreme in any season, with summers in the upper 90s and last winter even dropping to 50 below zero, Murray said. Even with the extreme variations, he said he loves it there. 

Murray started Ronn Murray Photography in January of 2009 and photographs everything from mining and oil companies to the northern lights. Although he is originally from Idaho, his body has adjusted to the weather in Alaska, he said. Murray speculated the temperature to be around 65 degrees. The temperature reached 68 degrees in Fairbanks on Friday.

Supervising editor is Dan Burley.

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