On July 14, 1954, weatherman C. C. Williford is quoted in the Springfield Leader, "If man, beast and bird can survive the day, they've got it whipped." The official temperature taken at the Springfield Municipal Airport that day was 113 degrees. Williford did predict cooler temperatures for the following day with the high expected to stay in the "cool, cool 90s." According to Local Climatological Data, prepared by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, July 15 reached a high of 103 degrees followed by 107 on July 17 and 108 on July 18. The month of August saw some cooling with only eight days in the month that reached 100 degrees or higher. Even September of 1954 had three days at 100 degrees.