Q-C heat doesn’t take a holidayKurt Allemeier
Students have been working on the Silvis course all week, with Thursday’s group facing the most stifling of temperatures. The day’s high was 97 degrees, with a heat index of 109 degrees recorded at the Quad-City International Airport, Moline, according to the National Weather Service.
The students from the residential center for at-risk youth reported that they were working as a team and enjoyed it even if they were out in the heat.
“It is nice to get out off the ranch,” Kiangelo said during a break from setting up green metal fencing. Arrowhead policy allows students to be identified only by their first names.
Steven said despite the heat, there wasn’t any complaining.
The students and other workers getting the course ready will have to deal with the torrid temperatures through Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. High temperatures of 98 degrees and heat indices of about 105 degrees are forecast over the next two days before the weather is expected to break Sunday with a high of 86 degrees expected.
There were cheers when Principal Russ Williams announced the chance to swim when they returned to the Coal Valley facility later in the afternoon.
Students are rotating work shifts so more of them get the experience and so the same ones don’t have to deal with the heat, said Brandon Terronez, Arrowhead’s development director. Thursday afternoon’s work was planned amid the tall trees of the course’s back nine that runs along the Rock River.
“We strategically thought to do that this afternoon,” Terronez said, “working where it is shady and breezy.”
Students are provided with sunscreen, and first aid kits are on hand, Williams said.
“We’re taking a lot of breaks,” he said.
Terronez shrugged off the discomfort of the searing heat, saying the years and students may change, but the weather doesn’t.
“Last year, it seemed like the same thing,” he said. “It was the hottest week of the year. It is July.”