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2008-08-17 18:00:51

By ERIK ROBINSON Makenzie Vonk, 3, from Vancouver, is unable to keep her SpongeBob SquarePants Popsicle from melting while listening to Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts perform Thursday evening at Esther Short Park. Triple-digit heat arrived in the Portland-Vancouver area Thursday, and forecasters don't expect cooling relief until Sunday at the earliest. When the temperature cracked 100 by 4 p.m. en route to a high of 102, the city of Vancouver scrambled to make available "cooling centers"...

2008-08-06 03:00:55

By The Moultrie Observer, Ga. Aug. 6--MOULTRIE -- With temperatures surpassing the 100-degree mark across Southwest Georgia this week, Public Health officials are warning residents to take precautions to avoid dehydration, heat stroke and other potentially life-threatening conditions. The body usually cools itself by perspiring, but a combination of high humidity and sweltering heat, like the conditions blanketing the region now, can overwhelm its ability to self-regulate. "With...

2008-08-01 03:00:17

By Stan Finger, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Aug. 1--In case you haven't noticed, it's been a rather cool summer in the Wichita area so far. That's about to change. After hitting 100 just once so far this summer, Wichita's about to string together three or four straight triple-digit days beginning this weekend, forecasters say. Computer models suggest the heat wave could last for more than a week. But that's not all. The consistent moisture that helped keep the area cooler than...

2008-07-28 03:00:24

By Cherish Wilson, The Shelby Star, N.C. Jul. 28--Don't let the rain fool you. It'll take more than a few storms rolling through the area to quench the deficit. Shelby is an astounding 72 inches of rain below normal in almost 12 years. That's more than 6 feet of water missing. Local meteorologist Robert Gamble explained how drought leads to more drought and why Cleveland and Gaston counties have a different set of drought circumstances. Q: How do drought conditions set us up for...

2008-07-21 12:01:26

By Belleville News-Democrat, Ill. Jul. 21--Cooling sites are open around the region to help people cool off during today's heat advisory. Highs will top out in the upper 90s and the afternoon heat index is expected to reach near 105 degrees. A heat advisory is issued when high temperature and humidity levels are expected to make it feel like it is 105 degrees or hotter. People in the advisory area are advised to avoid prolonged work in the sun or in poorly ventilated areas. Keep...

2008-07-11 00:00:30

More than 6,200 people are hospitalized each summer due to excessive heat and the poor, uninsured and elderly are at highest risk, U.S. officials said. A report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said about 180 people who were hospitalized for heat exposure in 2005 died. Severe heat exposure -- hyperthermia -- occurs when body temperatures rise to 106 degrees or more. Heat exhaustion symptoms range from nausea and...

2008-07-08 12:00:00

By Keith Reid, The Record, Stockton, Calif. Jul. 8--The combination of wildfire smoke and a heat wave, which forecasters predict will bring temperatures as high as 108 degrees to Stockton this week, has prompted Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to activate California's plan for excessive heat emergencies. The state's heat emergency plan is designed to raise public awareness, open state-owned facilities as cooling centers and make sure hospitals are prepared to care for people susceptible to...

2008-07-08 09:01:10

By Abby Souza, Merced Sun-Star, Calif. Jul. 8--Jessica Martinez wasn't feeling the heat on Monday afternoon, but she had a good excuse. "I have my wet swimsuit on," said 7-year-old Jessica as she entered a fast-food restaurant in Merced with her family. Jessica, along with her mom and two brothers, had spent the day swimming. They were stopping for a quick bite before heading home to Atwater. "We want to get back before it gets too hot," said Angela, Jessica's mother. Escaping the...

2008-07-07 18:00:31

By Niesha Lofing, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 7--The north state's latest heat wave today prompted Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to activate the state's plan for excessive heat emergencies. That move comes the same day that the first Spare the Air advisory was released by the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District in sponse to plummeting air quality caused by wildfires burning in Northern California. Schwarzenegger directed the Office of Emergency Services, the...

2008-06-30 12:03:14

RESEDA, Calif., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- As heat waves plague much of the United States with the hottest days yet to come, the medical director for the famed nonprofit Los Angeles Jewish Home -- one of the country's largest single-source provider of senior housing in Los Angeles -- has offered tips for the nation's elderly to avoid the health dangers of extreme heat. Each year in the United States, about 200 people die of health problems caused by high heat and humidity. Most of the victims...


Latest Heat wave Reference Libraries

Urban Heat Island
2013-04-02 15:35:21

An urban heat island (UHI) is a metropolitan area that is drastically warmer than its surrounding rural areas because of human activities. The phenomenon was first looked into and described by Luke Howard during the 1810s, although he wasn’t the one to name the phenomenon. The difference in temperature is normally bigger at night as opposed to during the day, and it most obvious when winds are weak. Seasonally, UHI is seen during the summer and the winter. The key cause of the urban heat...

Heat Therapy
2012-12-31 12:08:31

Heat therapy is a treatment in the medical field to relieve pain and improve over health. It can be a therapy used only once, repeatedly in rehabilitation sessions, or as part of an after-care routine in sports medicine. It can be delivered in many forms with success in all. How the Heat Helps As heat is introduced to the area, the temperature will increase beginning from the outer layer and moving deeper into the tissues. After the change in temperature, the blood vessels in the area of...

Weather Summary from July 8
2012-07-09 08:00:41

The cold front that moved through the Northeast on Saturday providing much needed relief from the heat has stalled across the Southern Mid-Atlantic. This has created a boundary that triggered widespread showers and storms from the Virginia and Delaware coastline all the way back to Missouri. Some of the embedded storms did manage to reach severe limits, with the main risk being damaging winds. A little over 100 damaging wind reports were documented by the SPC. Unfortunately, the rain was...

The Heat Wave Of The Central United States
2012-06-26 06:00:45

So why is there so much heat and humidity rising up into the Northern Plains creating a surge of hot weather? The answer is in the weather map above. If we look over Lake Michigan we see an area of High pressure which has a clockwise flow over the region. So places on the East are having cooler weather as they are getting the air from Canada pushing down towards them. North Dakota into the Gulf Coast are on the back side of the high so there air is coming from the Gulf of Mexico. If...

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