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AUG 2018

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bearnos.com LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.18 31 JUST SAYIN' Feeling the Burn By Jack Welch Illustration by Carrie Neumayer This year's dog days are really just puppies. As I write this little philosoph- ical weather report on a rainy mid-July morning, we've just emerged from a 17-day heat wave with average high tem- peratures of 92.5 degrees and average lows of 73.6 — you know, the typical Louisville summer spell when weeks of indoor and in-car sequestration (if you're lucky enough to have AC) coupled with short daily forays into the stale outdoors dull your senses and turn your brain into minimally usable mush. Even the local TV and radio weather people forgo their tendency to dramatize the event and resort to friendly commiseration mode. Truth is, though, the year hasn't been that bad in many respects. Save for May, when we hit 92 on the 14th and set a record average temperature for the month (a not entirely unwelcomed 76 degrees), along with the fifth-highest average for June (79.2), it's been — including the June-July wave — rather middling compared to a handful of other years since 2000, and the AccuWeather forecast for the rest of the summer sees no depressing heat surprises. Consider this: As of July 16, we've had 27 days of temperatures in the 90s, according to longtime meteorology whiz John Belski; AccuWeather forecasts six more such days before August ends. The historical average is 37 days yearly. In 2016, there were 54; in 2012, 60; in 2011, 56; in 2010, 85 (!). Just the month of August in 2007 racked up 26 days of 90 or hotter. In nine days between June 28 and July 7, 2012, eight were 100 degrees or hotter. (We haven't hit 100 since that year.) Counting highs and nighttime high lows (because nights that never get cool drag you down as much as hot days), summer 2012 set 12 all-time daily records. Summer 2007 set 11. Summer 2010 set nine. Summer 1936, the Dust Bowl summer, set 17. That's some brutal heat. And I'll go beyond that. It's some scorching, blazing, sizzling, steaming, blistering, sweltering, searing, burning heat. I'd say we have nothing to complain about — weatherwise anyway.

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