It was 105 F / 40.5 C Wednesday afternoon when I took this picture in Citygarden. I've heard that this has been the hottest single month in St. Louis since records have been kept. People often emphasize orange and red when depicting heat in a photograph. I went with black and white to reflect how literally burned out we feel.
Sure, there are much hotter cities in the U.S. - Phoenix, Las Vegas and more - but this is freakish for us here in the heartland, especially so with months of no rain. And while we go through this, much of Europe is cold and very wet. There are more extremes.