A Different Type of Top 10er

Tony hit the road today for a trip to one of his favorite towns, Portsmouth Ohio. While there TC talked heat, feasted on ribs and toured the famous murals.

On the Road to Portsmouth

Just back from Portsmouth and my annual talk to the Southern Ohio Safety Council. This group includes more than 100 representatives from business and industry, all of whom are responsible for severe weather awareness at their work place.

In years past (I have been doing this for close to a decade), I have focused on tornado and thunderstorm safety, as well as flooding along the Ohio and Scioto Rivers. In winter, I hit hard ice storms and blizzards.

But today’s talk referenced recent readings of mine on the subject of health related issues on a Globally Warmed planet. Specifically, I talked how about heat waves will likely cause an increase in kidney stones and mortality rates during the summer in city locations like Chicago and New York, and no doubt Portsmouth too.

I chose heat as my topic thanks to our early week spell of hot weather which by my record analysis was unique. In fact, it appears you would have to go back to 1929-1930 to find a hotter spell of weather this early in the season. Weather historian Ken Batty informs me that a comparable spell of heat did occur in April 1985.

On the kidney stone front, when I first asked who believed that on a Globally Warmed planet Earth, your friendly neighborhood urologist would be busier than normal dissolving stones, only one of the one hundred people present raised their hand.

After explaining the rationale of why more people will have stones in the 21st century, which I learned about from an excerpt out of JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association), the percentage of believers rose to roughly 50%.

Maybe the juicy lunch served by my friends at the Scioto Ribber made the naysayers a bit sleepy to accept the stone notion?

Briefly, if the planet is hotter in summer, we will sweat more and if we sweat more, we will dehydrate more and the more we dehydrate, the more stones we will have. “Sounds axiomatic to me”, I said as I consumed a bottle of water at the podium!

By the way, today’s menu included those specially cooked ribs and blackened chicken breasts that I love so much from the Ribber. Truth be known, when my golf buddies and I travel to Shawnee to play golf in West Portsmouth, we always stop at the Ribber on the way home!

Before making the return trip on Route 23 from South Shore Ky, the Gateway to the Country Music Highway, to Ironton and Huntington, I drove along the flood wall and toured the famous Portsmouth murals. Here in the historic Boneyfiddle section the history of this proud town is painted on the side of the flood wall. From the Shawnee Indians settling at Alexandria Point to the Portsmouth Spartans playing in the NFL and from early Portsmouthians trading at Olde Market Square to native sports celebrities like Al Oliver and Gene Tenace, these colorful murals come to life.

Think about it, I talked weather, ate like a king and visited one of my favorite towns today. Talk about a TC Top 10er!
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