Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

It’s hot as you know where in Minnesota July 6, 2012

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I CANNOT RECALL ever watching fireworks from the car. But on the Fourth of July, my husband Randy and I sat in our air-conditioned car parked at a hilltop Faribault church and took in the patriotic display. It wasn’t only the oppressive heat and humidity which drove us into our vehicle, but also the mosquitoes.

It’s been a miserable week of weather here in Minnesota. But I don’t need to tell you that if you live here. You know.

The National Weather Service office in Chanhassen has issued an excessive heat warning for much of central and southern Minnesota numerous times during the past several days. One remains in effect until 7 p.m. tonight in southern Minnesota and west central Wisconsin with temps soaring into the 90s and a heat index of 102 – 112 degrees.

Here’s that warning defined, directly from the NWS website:


That word, “dangerous,” should be heeded.

I suspect Randy and I were feeling the effects of that heat on Tuesday when we took a day trip to Lake City. We were in and out of our air-conditioned van and Lake City businesses during the peak heat of the afternoon. I suffered an on-again-off-again headache.

Not until we were back home did Randy tell me he also had a headache and simply did not feel well. He didn’t drink nearly as much water as me and I suspect he was dehydrated and perhaps a bit overheated.

A crew patches a section of Brown County Road 29 just outside of New Ulm on Monday afternoon.

Now imagine if you were a road construction worker or a roofer or anyone else who toils in the outdoors. If we felt uncomfortable  just walking in and out of shops on a hot and humid afternoon, they must have felt 1,000 times more miserable.

Working as a flag man with the same crew under the hot afternoon sun had to be pretty darn hot.

That said, be safe and stay cool. We have one more day of this sultry, oppressive, can’t-breathe kind of day to get through until the heat and humidity levels drop.

How do you beat the heat and humidity?

Some members of my extended family beat the heat on Saturday by jumping/running/walking through a sprinkler.

Cooling off in a make-shift fire department swimming pool during a celebration in Belview.

The Belview Fire Department filled a temporary water reservoir for the kids to splash in during a tornado recovery celebration on a sultry July 1 at the city park in Belview in southwestern Minnesota.

© Copyright 2012 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


18 Responses to “It’s hot as you know where in Minnesota”

  1. Allan Landman Says:

    No wonder we Minnesotan’s are conditioned to our weather. In the Winter we can experience wind chills of 70 to 80 below, and in Summer we have the heat index of 117 above. Now, where else in the U. S. can there be such a swing of temperature? My California Cousins find it hard to believe that Minnesota can get hot in the Summer. They think because of our cold Winters, we have cool Summers too. Try to explain driving on our lakes in Winter to fish. They don’t get it. Try to tell them it’s warm when cloudy in the Winter, and cold when the Sun shines. They don’t get it. Tell them about snow tires, now they think we are telling stories. So the next time we feel pain in our bodies, think of the almost 200 degree change we can experience here in our wonderful State of Minnesota. Surely hope cooler weather will come our way soon. Speaking of Mostquitos, I noticed one had a mole on his stinger, that’s how big he was. Now for my California Cousins, I am kidding. Actually he had two moles!! Stay cool everyone!!!!!!!!:)

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Your humor always delights me, Allan, and your insights educate me. My oldest daughter is dating a native Californian and the one “thing” he hasn’t understood thus far are “bars.” No, not the kind you walk into an order up a drink. “Dense cake” would be his definition. I haven’t even started talking ice fishing with him or windchills, but I did give him a copy of Howard Mohr’s How to Talk Minnesotan. His friends, he said, got a kick out of it. What do you suppose that means?

  2. Jackie Says:

    I tell you, it has not been a good week, I’m sort of sick of being cooped up in an air conditioned house. I’m not the kind to sit still ,but this weather has got me sitting. Tomorrow will be cooler (never thought I’d call the 80’s cool) and I will celebrate by being outside!, I might even open the windows and give the AC a break 🙂

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      We are two peas in a pod, Jackie. I do not like having my house closed up either and can’t wait to fling open the doors and windows. Give me fresh air and a cool breeze filtering through the house.

  3. Stay Cool & Have a Great Weekend:)

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Thank you. The forecast indicates cooler weather is coming soon, if you consider the 80s cool and I do as long as the humidity drops. Of course, storms typically come with such a change in weather and they are predicted, too.

  4. treadlemusic Says:

    There are many of us in this very hot ‘boat’! Just returned from my brother’s lake home in Luck,WI, where the temps were 100+ & humidity around 90%. Right now….severe weather tracking through their area. And so it goes! Only 90F at the moment! A/C not really doing the total trick…..guess this old farmhouse is too much of a challenge!! Cool hugs………D

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      And I just awakened to 65 degree temps and NO humidity. Yeah! First thing I did was turn off the air and fling open the windows and open the screen doors. Relief. Finally!

      I hope the storms did not affect your brother’s home.

      • treadlemusic Says:

        71F here. A/C off. Unfortunately, the humidity is 90% but, at this point, I don’t really care. House is opened up and, with the fans, is very comfortable (a titch sticky, though). Yesterday….baked 4 doz. rolls in late afternoon heat—-yes, these are the things we do for a g.g.daughter”s 1st birthday gathering (this a.m.). Hope to finish fusing the stars on the QOV quilt later. Bus trip with the Spring Grove guild on Monday–mystery trip—never know the shops that we will visit. Definitely will post on Tues!-) Have a great weekend…..hugs…….

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        Ah, I erred on the humidity bit. It is still humid in Faribault, too, but I can take it without the high temps.

        You baked rolls yesterday? My goodness. I thought it was bad when I turned on two burners to make spaghetti for supper. That was enough to heat up the kitchen. You are a wonderful gg grandma.

        Sounds like you have a busy, and fun, weekend and Monday ahead of you. Enjoy!

      • treadlemusic Says:

        Will have to say that when I put the 2nd batch of rolls in the oven I was questioning my sanity!!! I have NEVER had yeast rolls rise so quickly!!!!!!

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        I bet after about 10 minutes of rising, the rolls were ready to pop into the oven. 🙂

      • treadlemusic Says:

        Close……15 minutes was the perfect timing. Should have done a post on them — they turned out beautiful! It’s a recipe that has the flavor of Parker House rolls…..buttery decadency!!!!!! Mega “YUM”!

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        Oh, yes, you should have posted about these rolls. Anything for a blog post.

      • treadlemusic Says:

        Next time……and with the recipe!

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        Perfect. How often do you bake these rolls?

  5. hotlyspiced Says:

    I heard you’re having a heatwave and all after an extremely mild winter too. We’re having the reverse. Coldest winter on record followed by the coldest summer on record and the wettest weather on record as well. I wouldn’t mind swapping for a few days xx

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Well, the swapping of days sounds like an excellent idea. Now how would we go about doing that?

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