Look Back: Heat wave of 1936
Date: 8/5/2011 Album ID: 1298131
Photos by Post-Dispatch staff photographers
by Tim O'Neil --- The heat of July 1936 had been withering and deadly, reaching at least 100 degrees on 18 days. It had killed 332 people by July 30, when cooling breezes soothed raw, sweating faces. The relief didnít last. A drought that burned the Plains and Midwest restoked itself, pushing the temperature here back to 100 on Aug. 9. On 15 of the next 18 shimmering days, the high would be at least 100. It was 103 or hotter 11 times. On Aug. 18, the high was 106. The summerís toll was 479 dead of heat, including 29 children.