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Summer’s been hot, hot, hot

Summer’s been hot, hot, hot
Summer’s been hot, hot, hot
With a cold bottle of water in hand, Franklin TownshipÂ’s Bill Lyskowinski completes an incident report after a crash on Interstate 64 near Lanesville Thursday afternoon. Emergency personnel are frequently provided water at crash and fire scenes during hot summer days. Photo by Alan Stewart (click for larger version)

If you’ve said or heard the phrase, ‘I don’t remember it ever being this hot,’ in the past month, then whoever uttered that line would be correct, unless the person who said it was alive during the Dust Bowl Drought of the 1930s.
The summer heat is already the warmest on record for Louisville, with the average temperature from June 1 to Aug. 9 (82.2 degrees) being 1-1/2 degrees warmer than the previous and highest average temperature for the same period back in 1934 (80.7 degrees).
The unofficial high temperature in Corydon, according to a residential weather station located near Old Capital Golf Club, was 103.7 degrees on Aug. 4, with the average temperature in August so far being 81.5 degrees, an average humidity level of 77.5 percent and an average dew point of 72.9 degrees.
There have been more than 60 days in the 90s so far this summer.
Temperatures above 100 degrees normally come with significant dry periods. The fact that Harrison County residents are seeing temperatures this warm with above-normal precipitation since June is somewhat rare.
The current reprieve from the heat (Monday was the first time this month the high temperature wasn’t in the 90s) is not expected to last.
With the mercury rising, anytime there’s an emergency run, Harrison County Hospital’s Emergency Medical Services personnel keep an eye on police officers and firefighters as well as those they are treating, providing them with cold drinks and a cool place to rest at crash scenes and fires.
‘(We do) what we can to help prevent heat illnesses around the county. We provided emergency services like the fire departments a unit they can sit in and cool down, as well as handing out cool bottles of water and Gatorade,’ EMS Director Gary Kleeman said. ‘EMS sets up water misting coolers provided by the Harrison County Hospital Foundation at large events during hot weather, like the county fair, Lanesville Heritage, high school band camps, Walk for a Cure, etc.’
The combined global land and ocean surface temperature made July the second warmest on record, behind 1998, and the warmest averaged span from January to July on record. The global average land surface temperature for July and January to July was warmest on record. The global ocean surface temperature for July was the fifth warmest, and for January to July 2010 was the second warmest on record, behind 1998.
The monthly analysis comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which keeps records dating back to 1880.
Heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer in the United States. National Weather Service statistical data shows that heat causes more fatalities per year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined. Based on the 10-year average from 1994 to 2003, excessive heat claimed 237 lives each year. By contrast, floods killed 84; tornadoes, 58; lightning, 63; and hurricanes, 18.
And while adults know the dangers of extreme heat, kids do not. When you put kids together with cars and hot weather, it can be deadly. Statistics from 1998 to 2010 show 480 kids died in cars from hypothermia or an average of 37 per year. This number will likely be grown rapidly because until last year there was no national mandatory data bank kept on ‘non-crash’ car-related deaths. There have already been 34 hypothermia car deaths this year, almost double the past years’ average.
A study done in 2002 showed with an outside temperature of only 80 degrees, the temperature inside of a car can go from 80 degrees to 99 degrees in 10 minutes, to 109 degrees in 20 minutes and to 114 in 30 minutes. So, even on a mild day with the temperature outside in the 70s, the temperature inside a car can quickly become life threatening.
An examination of 443 media reports showed 228 kids were forgotten by their caregiver, 131 were kids playing in unattended vehicles, 80 were kids intentionally left in vehicles and four unknown. People who forgot kids in cars were from all ages, education levels, rich, poor, city and country. Most were doing something different from what they did daily.
One thing that may help people remember to check the back seat before leaving the car is to place something like a stuff animal in the car seat when not in use.
When you put the child in the car seat, put the doll in the front seat with you. Put your cell phone in the back seat when you get in your car. Put a tag with a clip on it, with a picture of your child about 3×3 inches, (something the size that will not fit in your pocket or purse) and clip it on your key chain when the child is in the car seat and on the car seat when the child isn’t in it.