Regional temps ranged from 99 to 113!

Published: Thursday, June 28, 2012 @ 7:18 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 28, 2012 @ 11:56 PM

As a new record temperature of 102 degrees entered the Dayton record books Thursday, local officials declared a heat warning and opened cooling centers to provide relief.

Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County announced that a “Public Health Heat Warning” will remain in effect until further notice as highs are expected to remain above 90 degrees through the weekend.

“I have drunk three gallons of water today to stay cool – because one of those spray fans aren’t going to work,” said Luke Jenkins of Kettering who was hanging by the pool at the Stonebridge Apartments in Beavercreek after working outdoors all day.

“The weather is so hot, and it would be nice to have a cool breeze, but there is not,” said fellow pool-goer Chrissy Cowan of Beavercreek.

The official high temperature of 102 degrees was recorded at Dayton International Airport Thursday at 5 p.m. It surpasses the old record of 101 degrees for June 28 and ties the all-time record for the hottest day in June.

But temperature readings from sensors across the region paint a more accurate picture of what it felt like to live and work in southwest Ohio on Thursday.

According to a sensor at Kings Island in Mason, people walking the paved streets beneath the Diamondback experienced an air temperature of 113 degrees. Those in Darke County and points north may have felt temperatures ranging from 104 to 106 degrees. National Weather Service sensors recorded a high temperature of 103 degrees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport.

In Butler and Warren counties, observed temperatures ranged from 99 degrees in Oxford and 100 degrees in Hamilton to 105 degrees in Lebanon and Fairfield.

The heat combined with windy, dry conditions to fuel several grass fires Thursday afternoon including one along southbound Interstate 75 in West Carrollton that briefly backed up traffic on the highway. Police said a truck lost its tire which caught the grass and a tree along the road on fire.

Miami Valley Hospital spokeswoman Nancy Thickel said doctors treated two patients for heat-related illnesses Thursday. Kettering Health Network’s five local emergency rooms treated a total of six patients, one of whom passed out while shopping and one who was overcome by the heat in their home with no air conditioner, according to spokeswoman Elizabeth Long.

Animals were susceptible to the extreme heat as well. The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center was called to a home on Wroe Avenue in Dayton and found one dog in distress and one dog that had died of possible heat stroke.

ARC Director Mark Kumpf said the dogs’ owner left the animals in the back yard at about 7:30 a.m. with food and water, but had not returned at 4 p.m.

“The temperature in the back yard where the animal was deceased was over 115 degrees,” Kumpf said. “The dog may well have been in the shade when they left, but the sun doesn’t stay in one place all day.”

Another dog in distress was brought in to the Humane Society of Greater Dayton Thursday after being found in a cage in an abandoned home.

 “It’s very important  to keep your animals hydrated and keep them in a temperature controlled environment,” said Kristy Warren, marketing director for the humane society.

Some area pools and community centers reported an increase in patronage Thursday as parents sought out ways to keep the kids cool and entertained.

“Definitely the traffic of patrons has been up for us,” said Josh Sullenberger, director of the Huber Heights YMCA, which runs the new Kroger Aquatic Center.

“We’re absolutely maxed out,” at the Booker T. Washington Community Center in Hamilton, according to Director Regina Johnson Phillips.

The Vandalia Recreation Center was busy after the city’s Parks and Recreation Department decided to cancel all outdoor activities for the day.

“When that heat index goes over 100 degrees, we go ahead and cancel them,” said Communications Manager Rich Hopkins.

The City of Dayton’s Northwest Recreation Center on Princeton Avenue was forced to close after a transformer blew overnight.  The center is expected to reopen Friday morning, but the pool may be closed until Monday.

As a result, day camps and other activities were shifted to other city centers including the Greater Dayton Recreation Center on West Third Street.

“There has been an increase of about 125 people,” said Carl Lenoir, recreation supervisor. “It has been full all day, and then at five o’clock there was a rush for the pool.” Those who couldn’t escape the outdoors tried to avoid the hottest part of the day.

“We just started early so we could be done by about noon,” said Eric Jones of A&E Home Services, who had his roofing crew get to work on a house in Troy before dawn so they could keep cool. “It’s probably closer to 150 degrees up there. Plus you start tearing up the material because it’s too gooey and mushy.”

“You take a few more breaks, and if you need to you go in the shade, but we work through it,” said Shane Lipps, one of the Belgray, Inc. workers laying sidewalk in downtown Dayton as part of the Patterson Boulevard Canal Parkway project.

The area remains under a heat advisory through 8 p.m. Friday, with Montgomery County under an excessive heat warning because the heat index is expected to stay above 100 degrees through Friday evening.

Simpson is forecasting a high of 97 degrees on Friday with increased humidity. There is a chance an isolated thunderstorm in the evening and into overnight. Highs in the mid-90s are expected through Monday with scattered thunderstorms possible each day.

Public officials have designated several buildings for use as cooling centers. Residents can seek relief from the heat today in the following buildings:

Montgomery County

 * Greater Dayton Recreation Center, 2021 W. Third St. (6 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

 * Lohrey Recreation Center and Belmont Pool, 2366 Glenarm Ave. (6 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

 * Kettering Recreation Center, 2600 Glenngary Drive (6 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

 * Moraine Payne Recreation Center, 3800 Main St. (closes at 9 p.m.)

 * Moraine Civic Center, 3050 Kreitzer Road (closes at 8 p.m.)

 *Vandalia Recreation Center, 1111 Stonequarry Road (6 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Dayton RTA transit centers

 Open during normal business hours as cooling centers.

 * South, 2730 Lyons Road

 * North, 2075 Shiloh Springs Road

* West, Westown Shopping Center

* East, Eastown Shopping Center

 * Downtown, Wright Stop Plaza, 4 S. Main St.

Greene County cooling centers

 *All public libraries 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

* Beavercreek Senior Center at 3868 Dayton-Xenia Road 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

* The Golden Age Senior Center at 130 E. Church St. in Xenia

Darke County

The stations will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today

 * Greenville Library, 520 Sycamore St., Greenville

* Worch Library, 790 S. Center, Versailles

* New Madison Library, 142 S Main St., New Madison

* Arcanum Library, 101 North St., Arcanum

* Greenville YMCA, 301 Wagner Ave., Greenville

 *Versailles YMCA, 10242 Versailles-Southeastern Road, Versailles

 * Shawnee Prairie Nature Center, Ohio 502, Greenville

Al Franken: What happens to his Senate seat if he resigns?

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 8:16 AM

What You Need To Know About Al Franken

Sen. Al Franken, (D-Minn.), will make an announcement on the floor of the U.S. Senate Thursday as to whether he will resign his seat amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Franken is expected to speak at 11:45 a.m. ET.

Franken has been accused of inappropriate conduct by several women. On Wednesday, more than 20 fellow senators called for Franken to resign.

What happens to his seat if he does? Here’s a look at the process of filling the seat.


A person who would be a senator from Minnesota must:

Be at least 30 years old

Be a resident of Minnesota

Be a U.S. citizen for at least nine years

Who makes the decision on a replacement?

According to state law, Minnesota’s governor is authorized to fill the vacancy if a senator resigns. The governor, Democrat Mark Dayton, can make temporary appointments to fill Senate vacancies, but a special election must be held to fill the seat until the next scheduled election of that seat is held.

When would a special election be held in this case?

In Minnesota, if the seat is vacated at least 11 weeks before a scheduled primary, then a special election must be held the following November. There is a primary set for Aug. 14, 2018, in Minnesota, so that would mean that a special election would have to be held in November 2018 if Franken resigns before May 29, 2018. Minnesota’s other senator, Amy Klobuchar, (D), is up for re-election in that election.

The winner of the special election would serve out Franken’s term, which ends in January 2021. If that person wants to stay in the seat for the six-year term that begins in January 2021, he or she would have to face re-election in November 2020. 

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) looks over his papers during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands, on Capitol Hill November 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)(Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Atheists erect billboard saying church is ‘fake news’

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 7:23 AM

Atheist Billboards Spark Controversy In New Mexico

A billboard in Albuquerque is turning heads this Christmas season., the website for American Atheists, has purchased billboard space touting “Just skip church it’s all fake news!”

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Nick Fish, a member of American Atheists, told KRQE, “It’s a great way for us to in a kind of lighthearted way start those conversations and get people talking.”

People were talking about the sign, but maybe not the way the group intended.

Connie Lindsay told KRQE, “I think it’s terrible, because Christmas is almost here for one thing and that’s not the way I wish to celebrate the holidays.”

But others agreed with the sign.

“I myself am an atheist so gonna have to concur with that,” Devon Gutierrez told KRQE.

The sign is meant, according to Fish, to not only get people to think critically about the message conveyed by religion, but also to remind people. “Christianity or any other religion doesn’t have a monopoly on December. So, our message here is, however you want to celebrate it, go ahead and do that,” Fish said.

Similar billboards were scheduled to be installed in Texas, NBC News reported.

Billboards were scheduled to be put up in Oklahoma, but they were not permitted by the billboard company, NBC News reported.

U.S. Navy sailor sketched Pearl Harbor attack before he was killed in action

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 8:40 AM

VIDEO: Sailor Sketched Pearl Harbor Attack Before He was Killed in Action

Leonard Franklin Tomlinson lived and served in an age before social media, and the image he left behind is less ephemeral and certainly more meaningful than the slew of selfies we all serve up today.

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Man saves wild rabbit from California wildfires

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 9:53 AM

Scenes from Southern California Wildfire

A California man risked his life to save a wild rabbit among the flames in the state’s wildfires.

KABC reported that a video posted to social media shows the unidentified man dressed in shorts and a hoodie running after the rabbit in La Conchita, California. 

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Witnesses said the man pulled over to save the wild rabbit along Highway 1 in Southern California’s Ventura Country, according to ABC News

The man could be seen jumping up and down in a panic before crouching down into the bush and attempting to grab the animal. The rabbit ultimately allowed the man to pick it up.
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The man did not want to be interviewed.

The Thomas fire started Monday and has since grown to 90,000 acres. It has prompted evacuations across the region.