Latest Heat wave Stories

2009-08-25 15:55:00

From mid July to early August 2006, a heat wave swept through the southwestern United States. Temperature records were broken at many locations and unusually high humidity levels for this typically arid region led to the deaths of more than 600 people, 25,000 cattle and 70,000 poultry in California alone.An analysis of this extreme episode carried out by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, put this heat wave in the context of six decades of observed heat waves....

2009-08-24 12:24:10

Older people -- those age 60 and older -- and people with chronic disease are at higher risk in excessive heat, researchers in Canada said. The study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found people age 60 and older are the most vulnerable to heat waves, with 82 percent to 92 percent more deaths than average occurring in this age group. Dr. Glen Kenny of the University of Ottawa and colleagues said physiologic studies show the ability to detect heat is reduced, and the...

2009-08-20 08:44:53

If you are wilting under the summer heat, consider this: your child may one day think of summer 2009 as "back in the cool old days." To illustrate expected increases in extreme summer heat, scientists at Climate Central have analyzed climate change projections made with global climate models.Scientific literature based on these models anticipates much more frequent occurrences of hot days, "heat waves" (very high temperatures sustained over several days), and extremely warm summer seasons....

2009-08-10 12:21:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Health Secretary Everette James today reminded all Pennsylvanians to take necessary precautions to remain healthy and safe in extremely hot weather. "Many people do not understand just how dangerous hot weather can be. It's important to know what actions can be taken to prevent heat-related illness or death," said Secretary James. "The elderly, young children under the age of four, and people with mental illness and chronic diseases are...

2009-07-02 08:57:00

NEW YORK, July 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As we prepare for hotter, humid weeks ahead and temperatures reach well over 100 degrees in some parts of the country, older adults are at higher risk of health problems if they don't take the proper precautions to protect themselves from the sweltering heat. About 200 Americans die of health problems caused by high heat and humidity every year, most of them are 50 or older. Due to some of the physical changes that happen as we age, older adults...

2009-06-30 15:58:57

With record-breaking heat and humidity, parents, coaches and caregivers should keep a close watch on children for early warning signs of heat-related illnesses, said a Baylor College of Medicine (www.bcm.edu) pediatrician. "Heat plus humidity increases everyone's chance of developing heat exhaustion or stroke, especially in active children and athletes spending time outdoors," said Dr. Sara Rizvi, assistant professor of pediatrics at BCM and a pediatrician at Texas Children's Hospital...

2009-02-26 11:07:26

 An extreme heat wave affected much of the state of California during mid- to late July 2006, breaking daily maximum temperature records in many regions of the State. A study conducted by researchers from the Mailman School of Public Health, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the California Department of Public Health reports that the 2006 California heat wave had a substantial impact on morbidity throughout California, resulting in increased hospitalizations and emergency...

2009-02-09 12:00:00

The latest series of wildfires to hit Australia appeared to be intensified due to climate change, scientists reported on Monday. Australia is prone to massive wildfires due to its dry climate and naturally combustible vegetation, including oil-rich eucalyptus forests, according to the nation's Bureau of Meteorology. However, the wildfires that struck Victoria over the weekend were the nation's deadliest on record, and scientists believe climate change is to blame. "Climate change, weather...

2009-01-29 16:58:58

Residents of Southeast Australia experienced record high temperatures during an intense heat wave on Thursday, which could have giant implications for oncoming global warming, researchers said. Temperatures soared to a maximum of nearly 115 degrees Fahrenheit during the worst heat wave in a century. The heat even caused Australian Open officials to utilize the rare heat rule and close the entire center court roof during a match between Serena Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova. Climate Change...

2008-12-17 12:20:00

According to a "death map" published on Tuesday, heat is more likely to kill an American than an earthquake, and thunderstorms are more deadly than hurricanes.The study compiled which natural disasters kill Americans county-by-county in an effort to help emergency preparedness officials plan better.The team at the University of South Carolina found that heat and drought caused 19.6 percent of total deaths from natural hazards, with summer thunderstorms causing 18.8 percent and winter weather...

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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