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Smorgasbord: How hot can it get, anyway

Posted: Saturday, Aug 31st, 2013

FORT COLLINS — I have been through eons (oh well, I exaggerate, since an eon is a billion) of school “snow days” from my 41 years in North Dakota, as well as 25 years in Alamosa.

Shoveling snow was a way of life in eastern North Dakota, including shoveling snow to simply find one’s vehicle, which wasn’t going anywhere any time soon because no sooner did you find your car than along came a snowplow to bury it again. But if you were a school kid, snow day meant NO SCHOOL, a time for fun and frolic.

During one major snow day in Larimore, No. Dak., I even went with my good friend the undertaker, via snowmobile, to pick up a deceased gentleman who had just seen his last snow day and unfortunately had tried to shovel his way through it. Uffda!

But never, and I mean NEVER, had I seen schools closing due to “heat day.”

Until yesterday (Friday), that is.

With temperatures expected to break a sweltering 23-year-old record of 98 degrees in Fort Collins and Denver, schools that didn’t have air conditioning simply took mercy on their limp-as-noodles students and told them and their ever-so-grateful teachers to stay home. And furthermore, don’t come back until Tuesday (thanks to Labor Day).

For the complete article see the 08-31-2013 issue.

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