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.
Minnesota officials estimate more than 105,000 turkeys and up to 1,500 cattle were lost due to the recent heat wave.
The end of the heat wave couldn’t come soon enough for Minnesota turkey growers.
In the land of giant ice castles, where auto makers test their vehicles against extreme cold and people play hockey year-round, it’s not uncommon to hear some griping about the weather.
Pouring concrete, standing over a hot grill and biking people around, they’re all jobs that invoke some sympathy when you have excessive heat warnings like we’ve had this week.
For millions of people enduring this week’s extreme heat and humidity, it feels like they’re living in a pressure cooker. And in a sense, they are.
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