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Don’t burn outdoors, chief urges

August 2, 2011

Decatur Fire Chief Les Marckel

    Due to the dry conditions evident in much of Adams County, Decatur Fire Chief Les Marckel is urging the public to use common sense by not burning anything outdoors.
    The county does not have a no-burning order in effect, Marckel said, but everyone should avoid starting outside fires at this time.
    The Decatur weather station has recorded just .57 of an inch of rain since June 23. Seven days have seen rain during that period, but only one, July 14, was over a tenth of an inch —and it was just .34 of an inch.
    The Associated Press said July was among the driest and hottest months on record for some parts of the state.
    The National Weather Service said the 0.47 of an inch of rain that it measured in Indianapolis was the least it had ever recorded — breaking a mark that had stood since 1914. The 82 degree average temperature was central Indiana’s hottest in 75 years.
    Fort Wayne had its hottest July on record with a 79.8 degree average temperature. That city saw 0.98 of an inch in rainfall, making the month its fifth driest.
    The 31-day month spawned 22 days of 90-plus-degree temperatures, the longest stretch since 1983 and a new, all-time city record, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reported. July’s average high temperature also sizzled to 91 degrees, second only to the 1955 record of 91.2 degrees.
    Not all the state fared so badly. South Bend saw 2.5 inches of rain in July. Evansville had more than 6 inches, but no significant showers since July 12.
    Last month tied for the hottest July on record in Columbus, Ohio, and was among the warmest Julys ever for many of the Ohio’s other cities.
    The National Weather Service says Columbus had an average temperature in July of 80.2 degrees, matching the record for the month seen in both 1934 and 1999.
    Toledo had its second hottest July with an average temperature of 78.8 degrees, and the city reached record high temperatures on three days last month. July was the third warmest for Cleveland and also the fourth wettest the city has ever seen.
    Dayton’s July was the city’s fifth warmest. And the month’s average temperature of 79.8 degrees made it the hottest month Dayton has experienced since August 1947.

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