The air temperature was 24 degrees F.
Snow flurries reported at airport
Winds: NW at 20 mph
Chill factor about 7
The Post-Dispatch said:
The water was a shocking 33 degrees. There was no refuge in skimming above the Mississippi River, not with 24-degree air and a brisk wind.
The 32nd annual Polar Bear Water Ski Show at the riverfront Tuesday demonstrated the bravery and hardiness -- maybe insanity -- of 26 skiers who took the lung-jarring plunge to raise money for the Missouri Disabled Water Ski Association.
Kevin Day, who skis alongside his wake-boarding dog, Brown Sugar, thought he was in the water at least 10 minutes. "When I got out, my feet were as red as Santa's hat," Day said.
Kevin Day of St. Louis skis Tuesday on
the Mississippi River with his Labrador
Retriever, Brown Sugar (Sarah Conard)