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Summer Polar Vortex Hits St. Louis: 10 Outdoor Activities To Do Before It's Hot Again

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Foolish Cross via Flickr
Now this is how you spend a summer polar vortex, St. Louis.
If only the polar vortex came every summer -- and never in the winter.

After a demoralizing and brutal winter under the icy thumb of the polar vortex, St. Louis is feeling a similar weather pattern that's capping summer temperatures at a pleasant 80 degrees.

It's not exactly a polar vortex, because the air mass cooling us off is coming from western Canada, not directly from the arctic, meteorologists tell the Associated Press. But with temperatures this nice, who cares?

See also: 25 Reasons to Love Summer in St. Louis

In honor of the season's uncharacteristically lovely weather, Daily RFT whipped up ten outdoor activities -- the kind that St. Louisans endure in the dog days of summer but that are so much more fun without sweat rags and dehydration.

Here are our suggestions for the best way to enjoy this week's "polar vortex":

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St. Louis Gets the Shaft in Tornado Weather Map

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NOAA
Uh-oh, a storm's a-brewin'. Slip on your raincoats, St. Louis!
Remember when Monday night's storm brought rain, heavy winds and thunder through the St. Louis region?

Well, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tried to give us a heads up that the storm could be a real dick.


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Tornado Touches Down in University City; Heavy Rains Bring Flooding

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UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Three cars were stranded after heavy rains Wednesday. No injuries were reported.
So far, this spring is shaping up to have as much extreme weather as the frozen winter St. Louis just survived.


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Everyone You Know Gets Car Washed, Goes for a Jog as St. Louis Warms Up

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Paul Sableman on Flickr
It's finally warm and dry enough to get a car wash!
We don't want to jinx anything, but it sure is starting to feel like spring in St. Louis.

After a winter full of polar vortices, frost quakes and far too many snow days, St. Louisans are itching to feel the sun on their skin -- and to get those salt stains off their cars.


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Amateur Weatherman's Warning for Missouri Is Kinda Spectacular

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YouTube
Meet Frankie MacDonald, a 28-year-old weather guru from Nova Scotia whose YouTube forecasts have become something of an Internet sensation. Earlier this week MacDonald issued a dire message for Missourians: Be prepared for a major winter storm this Sunday, March 2.

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Snow Storms Cause Thousands of Crashes, Distress Calls: Missouri Highway Patrol

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Rich Moffitt
Missouri Highway Patrol says crashes increased ten-fold during last week's storm.
Last week's snow storm killed two Missourians in car crashes and left thousands across the state stranded and in need of help, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Troopers responded to 1,054 crashes -- including 96 injuries and two fatalities -- across Missouri during the storm on February 4 and 5, the highway patrol says. On a typical day, there are only about 100 crashes.

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Mayor Slay: St. Louis, Here's How We're Clearing the Streets After This Snow

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via Facebook
Mayor Francis Slay
St. Louisans were still haunted by the last storm's cabin-fever dreams as snow fell Tuesday just in time for rush hour.

To prevent an uproar from residents who couldn't make it out of their neighborhoods on unplowed, untreated streets weeks ago, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay posted his plan for clearing the latest snow.


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10 Amazing Unfiltered Pictures of the St. Louis Sunset Last Night

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Dana Workes
Sunday night's sunset over a surprisingly warm St. Louis.
God seemed to be apologizing for the polar vortex Sunday night when the sunset lit up dazzlingly in pink and orange after an unusually warm winter day.

So before St. Louis returns to below-freezing temperatures and snow flurries, let's take a collective St. Louis breather and remember the beauty and warmth of last night's sunset.

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Frozen: Illinois Movie Theater Marquee Gets Snarky, Goes Viral; Six Flags Joins the Fun

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Facebook
The Orpheum Theatre in Hillsboro, Illinois.
Well, this is a pretty great picture. As the polar vortex froze the Midwest, a Hillsboro, Illinois, movie theater couldn't help but comment when it advertised for the film Frozen on the marquee.


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Letter to the Editor: Please Shovel Your Sidewalks, St. Louis!

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oddharmonic on flickr
If he can do it, so can you.
Even with a sturdy shovel in hand, the foot-high snow banks left by this weekend's winter storm seem impenetrable.

But before you decide to wait for this week's warmer temperatures (if you can call below freezing "warmer") to melt the snow on your sidewalks, consider this note from Daily RFT's new architecture blogger, Chris Naffzinger.

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