Saturday, August 15, 2009

Artificial Turf: Turf hits 140 degrees on August 15

Update! wonder if we can hit a record! If you are reading this from around the country, let us know your highest AT temp! We will post it. The winner will receive... not much right now -- but just remember you are doing the right thing.

Here is the latest photo from intrepid reporter Anne Ambler, member of the Safe Healthy Playing Fields Coalition based in Montgomery County, Maryland. The photo was taken at around 2:30 PM EST at the Montgomery Blair High School playing fields in Montgomery County Maryland.


  1. WISH TV Channel 8
    Greenwood, Indiana
    July 31, 2009

    ...When clouds moved in and covered the sun, the temperature read 105-106 degrees. But when the sun came back out, it heated the field quickly.

    Minutes later, the temperature climbed to a high of 142 degrees with an air temperature of almost 90 degrees.

    The surface temperature on the artificial turf is almost twice the temperature of the natural grass. It was a full 65 degrees hotter than in the shade and nearly 55 degrees hotter than in the sun.

    If you think the black asphalt where the band practices must be even hotter, think again. Asphalt is actually a cooler surface...

    ...We talked to one another area coach who usually plays on natural grass. He told I-Team 8 he did a three day camp on artificial turf and had blisters on his feet because of the heat.

  2. August 13, 2009
    CHARDON, Ohio - Senior safety Geoff Paschke laughed as he watched the thermometer placed at his feet soar to 112.2 degrees on the new artificial turf at Chardon High School.

    "Keep going up!" he said, encouraging the digital readout. "I love it."...

    ...Today's heatwave - the air temperature in Chardon Memorial Stadium was 97.5 degrees on a digital thermometer - had some coaches cutting back on practices and reducing the amount of pads players were wearing...

    ..."Other than your feet burning, you just push through it...

  3. June 2009
    New Jersey Preseason Heat-Acclimatization Guidelines for Secondary School Athletics

  4. August 14, 2009
    Orlando, Florida
    Varsity football players' fiercest foe? The heat

    That's hard at a place such as Lake Brantley, where temperatures on the artificial-turf field are often 10 to 20 degrees hotter than on a grass field. Clayton wanted to move Thursday's 3 p.m. practice to the evening but couldn't because of threatening rain.

    "It probably feels like 300 degrees out here, but there's not much you can do," Lake Brantley senior quarterback Bryce Bergeron said. "We have to be out here, so you try not to pay too much attention to it. It's hard, though, when you're losing 3pounds of body weight a practice.",0,2707853.story


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