heat http://kbia.org en Newscast for Jan. 8, 2013 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-jan-8-2013 <p></p><p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:</p><ul><li>Rep. Hartzler opens office in Columbia, talks spending cuts and Hagel</li><li>New Mo. GOP chair plans more aggressive approach</li><li>2012 was record warm year in much of Missouri</li></ul><p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 00:23:33 +0000 Kristofor Husted 26999 at http://kbia.org 2012 was record warm year in much of Missouri http://kbia.org/post/2012-was-record-warm-year-much-missouri <p></p><p>If you're a Missourian and felt hot under the collar last year, there is good reason.</p><p>The National Weather Service says 2012 was the warmest year on record in St. Louis and Columbia, and was among the warmest in other cities.</p><p>St. Louis recorded an average temperature of 61.2 degrees for last year, a full 1.1 degrees higher than the previous mark set in 1921.</p><p>In Columbia, the average temperature of 59.4 degrees topped the 1938 record.</p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 23:01:49 +0000 Associated Press 26991 at http://kbia.org 2012 was record warm year in much of Missouri Heat continues to force Columbia schools to release early http://kbia.org/post/heat-continues-force-columbia-schools-release-early <p>Wednesday will be the eighth time -- since the school year began less than a month ago -- that some students at Columbia public schools are dismissed early because of the heat.</p><p>Jefferson and West Junior High schools don’t have air conditioning. Five Columbia elementary schools had units installed during the summer. But, Michelle Baumstark, spokesperson for Columbia Public Schools, says it may take more than a year to complete the remaining two schools.</p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 22:41:59 +0000 Jasmine Bailey 20557 at http://kbia.org Heat continues to force Columbia schools to release early Report shows Midwest is heating up http://kbia.org/post/report-shows-midwest-heating <p>According to a new study, the Midwest is getting hotter. With this summer&#39;s record-breaking temperatures, that probably doesn&#39;t sound like news.</p><p>But a new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists shows our hot weather isn&#39;t an anomaly - things have been heating up across the Midwest for the past six decades.</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 12:57:46 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 18547 at http://kbia.org Report shows Midwest is heating up Drought causes Missouri state of emergency http://kbia.org/post/drought-causes-missouri-state-emergency <p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared an emergency because of the recent drought. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 22:13:02 +0000 Associated Press 18065 at http://kbia.org Drought causes Missouri state of emergency NOAA predicts dry, hot weather will linger http://kbia.org/post/noaa-predicts-dry-hot-weather-will-linger <p>Federal weather forecasters predict the unusually hot dry weather that has gripped much of the nation will linger into fall, especially for the parched heartland. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 22:41:35 +0000 Associated Press 17879 at http://kbia.org NOAA predicts dry, hot weather will linger Hoop barns becoming more common in Midwest http://kbia.org/post/hoop-barns-becoming-more-common-midwest <p>Crops are not the only things wilting in the sweltering summer of 2012; cattle, the largest animals, on the farm are also under stress. Wed, 18 Jul 2012 22:15:50 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 17797 at http://kbia.org Hoop barns becoming more common in Midwest 24 heat deaths in Missouri since June http://kbia.org/post/24-heat-deaths-missouri-june <p>The death of an 89-year-old St. Louis County man is blamed on the heat, bringing the number of heat-related deaths in Missouri to 24 since June. Wed, 18 Jul 2012 14:40:45 +0000 Associated Press 17792 at http://kbia.org 24 heat deaths in Missouri since June Water use on the rise in Columbia http://kbia.org/post/water-use-rise-columbia <p>Columbia Water and Light says its customer&rsquo;s water use is up this summer, amid hot and dry weather over the last few weeks.</p><p>The Department saw a significant increase in water use in June compared to June of last year. Spokesperson Connie Kacprowicz says in July there&rsquo;s already been 20 million gallons of water used in Columbia most days, even getting as high as 23 million gallons a day.</p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 15:13:02 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 17226 at http://kbia.org Water use on the rise in Columbia Columbia asks for less water use while it repairs equipment http://kbia.org/post/columbia-asks-less-water-use-while-it-repairs-equipment <p>Columbia Water and Light is asking its customers to cut down on their water use between now and 6 o&rsquo; clock Saturday morning. Fri, 06 Jul 2012 17:11:49 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 17129 at http://kbia.org Columbia asks for less water use while it repairs equipment Mo. AG reminds residents of hot weather rule http://kbia.org/post/mo-ag-reminds-residents-hot-weather-rule <p>Missouri residents are encouraged to call a state consumer hotline for help if their electricity is shut off during the current heat wave because they couldn&#39;t pay the bill.</p><p>The state&#39;s hot weather rule forbids utilities from disconnecting electrical services when temperatures are projected to be higher than 95 degrees, or the heat index is expected to exceed 100 degrees.</p><p>Temperatures above both thresholds are expected to continue through the weekend and much of the summer in the Midwest.</p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 13:43:32 +0000 Associated Press 17065 at http://kbia.org Mo. AG reminds residents of hot weather rule Crops hurting in dry, hot weather http://kbia.org/post/crops-hurting-dry-hot-weather <p>High heat and a lack of rain have taken a big toll on Missouri corn and soybean crops, with nearly half of both reported in poor to very poor condition. Tue, 03 Jul 2012 13:55:17 +0000 Associated Press 16946 at http://kbia.org Crops hurting in dry, hot weather Cooling centers provide escape from the heat http://kbia.org/post/cooling-centers-provide-escape-heat <p>Triple-digit temperatures with heat advisories and excessive heat warnings continue today, throughout much of the state.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 13:24:22 +0000 Carly Sedberry 16879 at http://kbia.org Cooling centers provide escape from the heat Fire in Mark Twain forest underscores Mo. heat threat http://kbia.org/post/fire-mark-twain-forest-underscores-mo-heat-threat <div><p>Fire concerns are widening in southeast Missouri as crews battle a 550-acre blaze in the Mark Twain National Forest.</p><p>Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday ordered the Missouri National Guard to get ready to assist with firefighting efforts. The fire broke out Thursday in a section of the 1.5-million-acre forest located in Iron County, and the governor&#39;s office says about 2,000 additional acres are at risk.</p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 21:14:17 +0000 Associated Press & Matt Evans 16792 at http://kbia.org Columbia cooling centers provide relief from the heat http://kbia.org/post/columbia-cooling-centers-provide-relief-heat <p>As temperatures heat up throughout Boone County the Department of Health and Human Services is making sure everyone can cool down when they need to. The department established nine cooling centers in Columbia that serve as an air conditioned place where people can go when they need relief from the heat. Public Information Officer Genalee Alexander says the centers are located in convenient locations. Thu, 28 Jun 2012 22:57:40 +0000 Scott Pham & Carly Sedberry 16720 at http://kbia.org Columbia cooling centers provide relief from the heat