The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Features

September 11, 2013

Temperatures top record books

New mark set for second straight day

CLINTON — For the first time in 60 years, temperature records in the Clinton area have been broken two days in a row in the month of September, disrupting classes and activities for some Clinton students.

Spiking nearly 20 degrees higher than average, the area's 98-degree high Monday broke the 97-degree record set in 1912 and 1933. Tuesday temperatures also reached sweltering levels, hitting 97 degrees and breaking the 96- degree record set in 1931.

The last time temperature records were broken on two consecutive days in September was on Sept. 28 and 29, 1953 when temperatures reached 92 and 96, respectively.

Not only is breaking records two days in a row unusual, but the height that temperatures reached also is remarkable, official weather observer Jim Blaess said. The last time the temperature hit 98 in September was on Sept. 7, 1985.

"It's not that often we get temperatures that high, let alone set a record," Blaess said.

Washington and Lyons middle schools have been dismissed early six times this year due to the heat, an unheard of number, according to Superintendent Deb Olson.

"This has been a really unusual year," Olson said. "Obviously we want kids in school, but the good thing about letting kids out early is that it helps them focus in the morning because they know there is some relief coming."

While the district's other schools are mostly air conditioned, the middle schools are not, causing Olson to let those students escape their hot schools by 1 p.m.

It's not an exact science, but Olson considers the temperature as well as how hot the buildings might be because of the previous day's heat before choosing an early dismissal and letting parents and others know.

"It's really about the student safety aspect," Olson said. "Parents give us their children to keep them safe. So when we make the decision, students' safety is number one."

Text Only
Features
  • 4-23-14 Northey Burkens committed to ag education CLINTON -- As the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey said his department doesn't hand out the Good Farm Neighbor Award arbitrarily. Only 10 acknowledgements are bestowed each year. On Wednesday, the honor went to a worthy family in Clinton C

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • 4-22-14 CCC Pay it Forward Week CCC gives back to community CLINTON -- A community college is defined as a junior college offering a higher education to people living in a particular area. For the staff, faculty and students at Clinton Community College the definition of community plays a much bigger role tha

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kness photo Leader, wife run on in fight against cancer FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Fort Bragg Soldier Col. Lenny Kness, chief of staff, 1st Sustainment Command (Theater), is an avid runner. So, it was no surprise in October 2011 that he would stay the course, as planned many months before, and run the Army Ten M

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-21-14 Ash Borer AP photo Horticulturalists: Infestation of Emerald Ash Borer 'inevitable'

    CLINTON - Not everyone at the Bickelhaupt Arboretum can remember what happened to local horticulture in the late 1960s. They've all heard stories, though, about how Dutch Elm Disease laid waste to scores of trees across the Midwest. Now another infes

    April 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Women on Fire event is Wednesday at Vista Grande CLINTON -- For many years, women in business have been honored in the city of Clinton, but on Wednesday, they have a night all their own. The Women are on Fire event will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Vista Grande in Clinton and will offer an oppo

    April 19, 2014

  • Paul Miller Scout master keeps Troop 74 going strong CLINTON -- Scout Master Paul Miller loves the outdoors, camping, fishing and scouting. For the past 13 years, Paul, of Clinton, has led this area's only Boy Scout troop for challenged individuals, Troop 74. While a typical troop allows boys ages 11

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • World Book Night A big love for books CLINTON -- Sharing a love for books is something members of the Clinton Public Library have always promoted and embraced. On Wednesday, they will join the rest of the world in spreading that love throughout communities. World Book Night, which conve

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-17-14 Trees forever photo 2 Let it grow (with Video)

    CLINTON - A new generation of trees will be planted by a young generation of Irish. Wednesday during class, Lisa Golden's Prince of Peace Prep third-graders continued their year-long biology education with the help of Clinton's Trees Forever organiza

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Communities prep for hunts CLINTON -- Easter weekend is nearly here and two local organizations are calling all children for the hunting event of the year -- Easter egg hunting that is. Both Camanche and Fulton, Ill., will host Easter egg hunts Saturday, each at different time

    April 17, 2014

  • Women's Expo set for Tuesday at Wild Rose CLINTON -- It is time again to gather the girlfriends and head out to the Ultimate Spring Women's Expo at the Wild Rose Event Center in Clinton. The third annual expo from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, hosted by the Clinton Herald, offers an opportuni

    April 14, 2014

Clinton Herald Photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.

Facebook