Late Summer Heat Wave

September 21, 2009 6:03:28 PM PDT
Neal Holland has one of the hottest jobs in the world. The Fresno construction worker said, "The asphalt is about 300 degrees. It's like being in an oven." Holland estimates it's between 115 and 120 degrees inside his steamroller. And even after 8 years, his body still can't adjust. He said, "It would be a lot better if it was in the 80's but it's the nature of the beast. We're all smart enough or stupid enough to be out here."Valley grower Mike Sarabian said, "Different farmers will never agree on the weather because one wants it cooler and the other wants it hotter."

His green beans don't like too much heat this time of year, but his soon-to-be raisins, tucked inside their little brown wrappers are thriving in this late summer heat. "The sooner they dry then you take the risk away for rain. If you grow raisins this is good weather for you."

With about 25 extra pounds of work clothes and equipment than the average worker, Fresno Police Sgt. John Chandler was hoping by late September to avoid what he calls the "yuck factor." Chandler said, "It doesn't take long for the faucet to go on and the drip sweat to start coming out of all your pores. You're sweating in your helmet, coming down your face, in your vest, like an athlete that just got done with rigorous exercise."

Even though temperatures aren't expected to hit the 105 degree threshold that will open Fresno's cooling centers, Parks and Recreation employee Heather Heinks issued this reminder to the public. "There are 16 community centers all over town that can help them escape the heat on any given day."

Cooling Centers:

  • Dickey Playground
    50 N. Calaveras
    Fresno, CA 93721
    (559) 488-1212
  • Einstein Park
    3566 E Dakota Ave
    Fresno, CA 93726
    (559) 224-6775
  • Fink-White Park
    535 S. Trinity Street
    Fresno, CA 93706
    (559) 233-7512
  • Frank H. Ball Park
    760 Mayor Street
    Fresno, CA 93706
    (559) 488-1502
  • Highway City Neighborhood Center
    5140 N. State Street
    Fresno, CA 93722
    (559) 276-0683
  • Hinton Community Center
    2385 S. Fairview Avenue
    Fresno, CA 93706
    (559) 621-6630
  • Holmes Park
    212 S. First Street
    Fresno, CA 93702
    (559) 488-1500
  • Mary Ella Brown Community Center
    1350 E. Annadale Ave.
    Fresno, CA, 93706
    (559) 488-1501
  • Lafayette Park
    1516 E. Princeton Avenue
    Fresno, CA 93704
    (559) 222-8574
  • Melody Park
    5935 E. Shields Avenue
    Fresno, CA 93727
    (559) 292-7776
  • Mosqueda Community Center
    4670 E. Butler Avenue
    Fresno, CA 93702
    (559) 621-6600
  • Pinedale Neighborhood Center
    7170 N. San Pablo Avenue
    Fresno, CA 93650
    (559) 431-4531
  • Quigley Park
    808 W. Dakota Avenue
    Fresno, CA 93705
    (559) 224-6753
  • Romain Park
    745 N. First Street
    Fresno, CA 93703
    (559) 237-2478
  • Sunset Neighborhood Center
    1345 W. Eden Avenue
    Fresno, CA 93706
    (559) 488-1113
  • El Dorado Park
    1343 E. Barstow Avenue
    Fresno, CA 93710
    (559) 224-1947

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