Patrick Richardson

Managing Editor

There is little relief in sight for the crushing heat which is plaguing not just Cherokee County but much of the nation.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Steve Lindenberg said there could be a “slight cooling,” by Sunday. By which he meant, temperatures would “drop” in to the mid 90s as opposed to the high 90s to low 100s the area has seen for more than two weeks.

He said a ridge of high pressure is creating an area over much of the plains and Midwest that is forcing the more active weather patterns to the west and north of the area.

“There’s an upper level ridge of high pressure which has basically been centered over the midsection of the country,” Lindenberg said, adding NWS weather models only forecast about 10 days in advance and he current pattern is expected to hold “at least that long.”

Meanwhile, the Advocate reported earlier this week area rain fall is six inches under expectations since June.

Earlier this month Cherokee County Agriculture Extension Agent Dennis Elbrader said the entire Cherokee County corn crop was rated “poor” to “very poor” because of the on-going drought.

The heat has also prompted the Cherokee County Commission and the Columbus City Council to institute burn bans until further notice with fines starting at $500 and as much as six months in jail.

NWS has the area under an excessive heat warning, meaning heat indices are above 104 degrees until 7 p.m. Saturday.