How Missouri residents are beating the heat in 2012

Sunday, July 22, 2012 | 8:00 a.m. CDT; updated 5:08 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 22, 2012

COLUMBIA — Twenty-seven consecutive days of temperature highs above 90 degrees tied the city's second-longest streak also set in 1901 and 1980. Although a high temperature of 88 on Friday interrupted Columbia’s march toward the record of 33 days set in 1916, the heat is on yet again with forecast highs of at least 103 degrees through Wednesday. The Missourian asked people around Columbia the best ways to stay cool, and here are some of their responses:

Donette Chrisman, 51, of Boonville — “I’m an air-conditioning baby; I just stay in the air.”


Missy Thomas, 50, of Boonville — “Compared to Boonville, Columbia has a lot more things to do to beat the heat. I’ve never been to Yogoluv before, but it’s one of the nicest places to beat the heat.”


Stella Naeger, 53, of  Ste. Genevieve — “I help my husband on the farm, and we do everything in the heat. Heat is just part of summer, and it’s fun.”


Lucas Naeger, 26, of Columbia — “Ice water and Trops. I also quit riding my bike and started driving to work.”


Jamie Lauderdale, 25, of Columbia — “I either swim or never leave the house. I’m not a fan of the heat.”


Amanda Platter, 36, of Kansas City, talking about her dogs Saga and Nintendo — “They get lots of ice water, and I douse them in water. They’re never in direct sunlight for more than, like, a minute.”


Keenan O’Brien, 19, of Columbia — “I cut my hair yesterday. It used to be down to my eyebrows. I still sweat, but not as much.”


Bill Whitacker, 20, of Columbia — “I stay inside for the majority of the day; I’m a cave dweller.”


Alison Tatum, 22, of Liberty — “I walk to work, so I wear my hair in a ponytail.”


Greg Webb, 22, of Columbia — “I spend most of my time at Kaldi’s and drink iced coffee.”


Isedua Oribhabor, 21, of Liberty — “I come down to Columbia to visit my high school friend, because it’s actually a lot hotter in Liberty than it is here.”


Michael Anderson, 22, of Liberty — “Aside from Sparky’s, I go to the library and just read. Essentially, it’s just staying inside.”


Qiang Yin, 20, a Chinese student studying at MU — “It’s much hotter than last year, so I stay inside at the library.”


Supervising editor is Jake Kreinberg.

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