21 Jul '11, 3pm

Feeling...a little hot? Dan Lashof explains

The National Weather Service has made it official. It’s dangerously hot out there. At least 22 deaths have already been attributed to the heat wave, the New York Times reported today. More are expected as much of the densely populated East Coast faces temperatures close to 100 degrees and a heat index over 105, the threshold for issuing an “excessive heat warming.” Especially dangerous is the fact that nighttime temperatures are staying very high—above 80 degrees in many areas—meaning vulnerable people (particularly the elderly) are unable to cool down and get relief from the stress of the daytime heat, as NRDC discussed last summer . What the New York Times failed to do is connect the dots between this extreme heat wave and global warming. The story reported that Bismarck North Dakota reached a high of 95, but didn’t even ask the question of whether this excessive heat co...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/dlashof/excessive_heat_...

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