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Daryl Ritchison, Published September 03 2012

Weather Talk: Those under 30 will likely recall hot summer of 2012

When I was a kid, my dad would tell me great stories of the summer of 1936. He told me details of the extreme heat, dust storms and, true or not, his tale about being able to throw a rock across a nearby lake (which is usually about 200 yards wide).

I was, to some degree, able to live through my own 1936 in the summer of 1988. Granted, the heat was not quite as extreme, but the number of 90-degree days was about the same. Even though I did not have an air-conditioned room, I could easily find relief from the heat elsewhere, which was not the case in 1936. So even though my experience was not the same as the generation before me, it did give me a taste of a truly hot Midwestern summer.

Widespread air conditioning in homes and cars and frequent visits to swimming pools made this summer far more tolerable than the hot summers in the past, but to anyone younger than 30, the summer of 2012 was the warmest they will remember and may become the summer they tell stories about as they get older.


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