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July 8, 2013

Step Back in Time: July 8, 2013

25 years ago

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It was hot Thursday. Very hot. The hottest July 7 in the past 52 years. It’s also been consistently hot, setting records three times already this summer with the dog days of August still distant.

Communities across New York imposed save-water advisories and firefighters cast a wary eye on overly-dry land, fearing major brush fires could break out if campers weren’t careful over the weekend. Weather forecasters predicted it would probably be the worse heat wave of the summer and said no immediate relief is in sight.

At 2:02 p.m. Thursday in Oneonta, the mercury hit 94 degrees Fahrenheit, breaking the record of 92 set in 1936 for the same day, said David K. Mattice, an observer for the National Weather Service.

Besides the heat, electricity consumption was also high Thursday, but the New York State Electric & Gas Co. was not operating at peak capacity, said James Lindley, the operating superintendent for NYSEG in the Oneonta area.

The temperature is expected to continue in the 90s today and for the next few days, but it will be tougher to beat the records because of a heat wave in 1936. Today’s record, set that year, is 97 degrees. Saturday’s and Sunday’s temperatures-to-beat are both 99 degrees and Monday’s is 97, Mattice said.

But it hasn’t been that hot for many, many years. The last time it was hotter than yesterday’s 94 degrees was July 21, 1980, when it hit 95, said Arthur Bennett, National Weather Service observer in Walton. And it was 97 degrees on July 3, 1966, but it hasn’t been up to 99 degrees since Sept. 1, 1953, Bennett said.

 

50 years ago

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Sergeant Louis Colone, 20 Reynolds Ave., Sergeant Sergio Amitrano, 4 Potter Ave., and Private First Class Jon Olsen, 10 Grand St., all of Oneonta, received a fresh supply of smoke grenades while on 15 days active duty at Camp Drum. The men were with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry (Mech.), which is a unit in the 27th Armored Division. Training period ended Saturday.

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