Thursday, August 16, 2007

105 in the shade

After a rather nice July, St. Louis has finally gotten its traditional summer weather of ridiculously hot and humd days with no rain. Yesterday we set a daily record for 105 degrees in the shade. It was 112, if I remember right, outside of the shade. I realize that the Midwest gets hot summers, but this is rather ridiculous, especially since it has been 100+ for over a week now. Today is supposed to be cooler, only 95 or so, so it will probably feel like October after the brutality of the last week.

At times like this I would like to take a minute to thank the memory of Willis Haviland Carrier, inventor of the modern air conditioner. Truly, this man was performing the work of God on this planet, to come up with such a marvelous invention to keep us from being driven stark raving insane by our brains boiling in our heads in 100+ degree heat.

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