We all know it's been tremendously hot outside lately here in the St. Louis region, but how widespread is the heat? NPR's "The Two-Way" says "in the seven days ended Thursday, 2,155 daily high temperature records were set in communities across the nation." Check out the maps from the National Climatic Data Center in their post via the link.
The heat wave across much of the nation continues. We could hit 105 degrees on Saturday here in the nation's capital, the National Weather Service says. Washington, D.C., has already tied its record for most consecutive days (eight) with temperatures of 95 degrees or more.
St. Louis city officials are going door to door to check on some of the city’s most vulnerable residents as high temperatures persist across the region.
About 60 city staff members are following up with nearly one thousand residents who haven’t responded to robo-calls from the Mayor’s office.The elderly and disabled residents are listed on the city’s Functional Needs Registry.
The house-to-house effort even included Mayor Francis Slay, who was out knocking on doors Tuesday.
Nixon seeks permission to ease land restrictions during drought
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has asked the federal government to allow farmers to graze cattle on land that's been taken out of crop production as part of a federal conservation effort.
Farmers in the state have about 1.4 million acres of land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program, which pays them to plant other vegetation instead of cash crops like corn or soybeans. Livestock grazing is allowed on the land when there's a 40 percent shortage of hay and precipitation.