KENNARD: All eyes on climate as mercury retains climbing


Some fun facts about the weather…

When people say it’s hotter than hell, most scientists – and by that I mean the first google result I found – put the cooks of hell at around 11,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

They derive this number by assuming that Hell is “below,” equidistant from any point on the planet — or the center of the earth.

Since no one has actually been to the center of the planet, it’s really hard to qualify.

My grandmother, who spent the last two years of her life in a nursing home — but took regular hikes around her small Midwestern town until her death — was fond of saying that she’d been “to hell and back” for a reason or another.

I don’t think she ever ventured to the center of the earth, but I’m sure Grandma Dorothy knew more about beating the summer heat than most of us.

While the question of the temperature in Hell may be more theological than geological, I’d say it’s nowhere near as hot as the temperature in my car when I’m running my Diet Pepsi in the middle of the day.

Even escaping into the cool waters of the Lumber River in my kayak doesn’t bring much relief.

A recent trip to Myrtle Beach in search of cooler climates taught me that the water was well over 80 degrees. How do you cool off in 80 degree water? Our friends across the country in California are enjoying 72-degree water at Newport Beach—and they’re wearing wetsuits.

This is Lumberton, we’ve had a hot start to the summer and as a relative newcomer I can only echo what others tell me. It sure is hot out there, but it’s not nearly as hot as it’s likely to be as summer drags on. And it’s certainly not as hot as in previous years.

I’ve spent some time this week browsing the archives here at the Robesonian and discovered some fun information.

Lumberton experienced its hottest day on record on July 21, 1926, when the temperature reached 108 degrees. And as Donnie Douglas notes in his column below, the region has been hotter than that.

The year 1986 brought several hot days to Lumberton when the National Weather Service recorded several days in July as 103 degrees.

Do you remember 1986? That was the year the Space Shuttle Challenger burst into flames shortly after launch.

It was the year that the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Russia irradiated much of Europe in the worst nuclear disaster in history.

And it was the year that mad cow disease was first identified. Not a good year.

Temperature-wise, June, July and August are Lumberton’s hottest — and record-breaking — months, with temperatures regularly dropping into the triple digits. Historically, however, Lumberton experienced triple-digit heat on September 18, 1931, when the temperature reached 103. After that, record temperatures will begin to drop to just under 100 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

But don’t put your sweater on just yet, 97 degrees is still plenty warm, so warm that we’ve seen multiple heat indicators this month.

A recent Robesonian story warned residents to take precautions on excessively hot days.

The story prompted local residents to change up outdoor activities and engage in strenuous work during the coolest hours of the day. Stay hydrated and wear loose-fitting clothing.

That’s good advice. stay cool out there

David Kennard, whose third child doesn’t actually like his hot dogs, is the editor-in-chief of The Robesonian. Contact him at [email protected]