Minneapolis schools tried fans, popsicles, ice and outdoor classes before finally giving in to a late-summer heat wave.
The hot weather is having a huge impact on State Fair food businesses. Attendance was down on Sunday by 40,000 folks this year compare with last.
The excitement of the first day of classes for Minneapolis Public Schools came with some apprehension due to Monday’s sweltering heat. The district got permission to begin the school year a week before Labor Day four years ago. Most classrooms are not equipped with air conditioning. The principals and teachers in Minneapolis did what they could to make sure students were as comfortable as possible.
After another day in the 90s, the heat and humidity is starting to take a toll on some Twin Cities residents. Officials with Xcel Energy reported hundreds of power outages across the metro Wednesday night.
From Minnesota to Massachusetts temperatures surged to potentially dangerous levels Wednesday as the largest heat wave of the summer stretched out and stagnated, with relief in many parts of the country still days away.
Some kids in the 4-H program and the FFA are showing up to the county fairs with smaller animals than years past due to the record breaking temperatures in July. Philip Clark, whose family has won ribbons in the swine competition Carver County Fair, can attest to the fact that the blue ribbon is a badge of honor.
As the weather has heated up this summer, so has business. In fact, the heat wave has caused some employers to hire more workers due to increased business.
This summer’s heat wave is taking its toll on fish in the Upper Midwest, where high water temperatures and low oxygen levels have combined to kill thousands of fish in Minnesota, the Dakotas and Wisconsin.
The recent heat wave is blamed for killing thousands of fish in several southern Minnesota lakes. Most of the lakes are shallow, and thus more susceptible to summer fish kills, and most of the fish were northern pike, which prefer cold water.
Our 4th of July high temperature of 101 degrees wasn’t the only record set in the Twin Cities this week. Three other temperature records were broken: the warmest overnight lows on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
For horse racing fans, Saturday is business as usual at Canterbury Park. The 12 race program begins at 1:30 p.m. and includes two stakes races.
Officials at Hennepin County Medical Center said at least six people were hospitalized Monday with heat related illnesses. Another 10 patients were also admitted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
Just how hot is it out there? The National Weather Service says the Twin Cities hit a record high temperature.
Trends in climate data show much of Minnesota is getting hotter and more humid with each year. Pete Boulay with the State Climatology Office explains what it means when you hear the term “dew points.”
For many, 2011 will be remembered as a year of wild weather. Storms were historic, deadly and costly.