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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
1106 AM CDT Mon Jun 23 2014

...Missouri Summer Weather Safety Week 2014...

This week is Missouri Summer Weather Safety Week. Temperatures
are on the rise and thunderstorms can often develop at any time in
the hot, humid air. Now is a good time to remind yourself of the
dangers posed by summer weather, primarily excessive heat and
lightning.

Excessive heat waves are a problem we face in Missouri almost
every summer. The summer of 2012 was a stark reminder of the type of
heat waves that can occur. The Missouri Department of Health and
Senior Services reported that 52 people in Missouri died during the
summer of 2012 from heat related causes. The summer of 2013 was
better with only 14 reported deaths. What the summer of 2014 will
bring is not known. All we can do is be prepared.

While heat waves occur everywhere...cities are especially
vulnerable. Brick and mortar buildings...asphalt streets and tar
roofs absorb daytime heat and slowly release it at night. As a
result the temperature can be as much as two to five degrees warmer
in a city than in surrounding suburban or rural areas.

The elderly population is the most vulnerable to the dangers of
heat. The elderly suffer from a diminished ability to perspire,
which is the human body`s mechanism to cool itself down. Thus the
elderly have a reduced capacity to release heat from their body.

In addition to the elderly, infants, young children, and people
with chronic health problems are more vulnerable to the effects of
heat waves. And people who are not acclimated to hot weather may
easily overexert themselves.

So remember to check on elderly friends...relatives or neighbors
this summer. Keep an eye on children playing outdoors to make sure
they take plenty of breaks to cool down.

$$

Carney





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