Thursday, September 1, 2011
Today, Wichita surpassed the 1936 record of 50 days at or above 100 degrees. But in Medicine Lodge, folks in that Southern Kansas town are way past the record.
At 62 days above 100 degrees, folks in Medicine Lodge have seen the most sizzling days in the entire state.
Medicine Lodge here in Southern Kansas is leading the way in all of the state of Kansas for the most 100 degree days so far this season. From out here on the high school football field to downtown at the senior center, it's taking a toll on everyone young and old. 94423
"It's just been miserable," said high school football coach Faron Kraft. "I don't ever remember heat being like this."
Kraft has been coaching the Medicine Lodge football team for a few years, but this year has been exceptional. Giving the kids water breaks every ten minutes, they still have to stop and go inside. Some practices have even been canceled.
"We've had to cut practice around 30 minutes every night," said Kraft. "Especially this week, when we had two-a-days, we went at 6:00 in the morning and 7:30 in the evening, trying to stay away from the heat as much as we could."
Thursday is Medicine Lodge's 62nd day at or above 100 degrees. they blew away the 1936 record long ago. Someone who remembers that year is Dub Rickard.
"I delivered ice in 1936 and you could fry an egg on any part of the sidewalk you wanted," said Rickard as he spent time with friends at the Medicine Lodge Senior Center.
Times were clearly different in 1936. Rickard said today we have it much easier. About as easy as the cool breeze his family tried to make by putting up wet towels in their windows.
"We didn't know anything about air conditioning, you see, so we just took it," Rickard explained. "We had hats and umbrellas and all the ladies wore hats to events and we just lived with it because we didn't know any better."
Even in today's dry conditions, it just doesn't compare to the Dust Bowl and depression of 80 years ago.
"You hurry from one air conditioned place to the next," Rickard laughed. "That's why it's easier."