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Heat Wave in Minnesota

July 20, 2009

A potentially dangerous heat wave is hitting Minnesota, and people, pets, lawns, and crops all across the state might suffer. University of Minnesota experts who can talk about the heat wave, its potential dangers, and what to do, are:

Mark Seeley, climatologist with the U's department of soil, water, and climate
Seeley, a climatologist at the U, can comment on this heat from a meteorological perspective. Seeley says, “there won't be any 'ifs' and 'buts' - the next four to six days will be very stressful for people.” Seeley also says that Minnesota has not experienced a heat wave of this length and intensity in more than a decade, and some parts of the state have not gone through something like this since 1988. His prediction is that this heat will last at least until Monday or Tuesday next week. Seeley can give tips on how to deal with the heat, what precautions to take and how to ensure our neighbors, the elderly and our families stay safe.

Jeff Todd and Justine Lee, emergency veterinarians with the U's College of Veterinary Medicine
Todd and Lee are University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine emergency veterinarians, and they treat pets suffering from heat related problems. They can give tips on how to take care of your pets during this heat wave, and how to avoid potentially dangerous overheating.

Moira Novak, athletic trainer at the U's intercollegiate athletics department
Novak is an expert in the area of heat exhaustion. She can comment on heat exhaustion, heat stroke/sunstroke and hydration in general. Novak can provide excellent tips for the public on what symptoms to watch for, how to stay hydrated, and how to properly exercise in this weather.

Bob Mugaas, professor and extension educator with the U of M's Extension Regional Center in Farmington
Mugaas is a regional extension educator in horticulture, and his area of expertise is turf grass science and management. He can talk heat waves and lawns, and he can give tips on what can be done to alleviate dead lawns, especially in regards to watering bans that some cities are starting to enforce. Mugaas can also talk about general lawn issues such as sustainability, natural lawns, low input lawn care, environmentally responsible lawn care, chemical and non-chemical weed control and lawn care for protecting water quality.

Dave Nicolai, extension educator with U of M's Extension Regional Center in Hutchinson
Nicolai is a regional extension educator in crops, and his area of expertise is corn and soybeans. He can discuss the issues farmers are facing across the state related to the heat, their crops and the lack of rain. He can comment on when this could become a serious issue and potential economic damage.

To interview one of the experts, contact the University News Service, (612) 624-5551.

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