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July 19, 1995 | By Anthony R. Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Inquirer staff writer Marjorie Valbrun and correspondent Glen Justice contributed to this article
The Torrid Zone conditions began to relent yesterday, but even as they did, six more heat-related deaths were confirmed in Philadelphia, bringing the region's toll to at least 30. In addition, the deaths of two elderly people in Delaware County and that of a 49-year-old man in Gloucester County may have been heat-related, officials said. Downpours Monday night and early yesterday marked a last stand for the stubborn and persistent mass of hot air blamed for more than 655 deaths across the country since last week.
NEWS
July 7, 2010 | By JOSH FERNANDEZ, fernanj@phillynews.com 215-854-5880
THERE WAS one thing on David Powell's mind yesterday when he set out to keep his mind off the triple-digit heat wave: pool. Surprisingly, it wasn't the thought of a water-filled pool that consumed the 64-year-old Germantown native. "Escaping [the heat] is one of the reasons I'm here. That, and I'm also working on my game," Powell said after a win on the pool table at the air-conditioned West Oak Lane Senior Center. Like Powell, residents across the city scrambled to find ways to beat the heat as city officials took measures to protect the elderly against a record-breaking and dangerous 102 degrees.
NEWS
July 16, 1995 | By Anthony R. Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Friday was hot. Saturday will be different. It'll be hotter. The forecast high of 102 would make it the hottest July 15 on record, and Philadelphia health officials said it could be the most dangerous day of the summer. The city issued another health warning for Saturday, meaning that the weather could contribute to at least 15 deaths. No weather-related deaths were reported Friday, but it often is several days before heat-wave deaths are reported. In many suburban communities, a concern of another sort was developing.
NEWS
July 15, 1995 | By Anthony R. Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Inquirer staff writers John Way Jennings, Katrina Miles, Dan Stets and Martha Woodall and correspondents Russell Gold and Rebecca Goldsmith contributed to this article
Yesterday was hot. Today will be different. It'll be hotter. The forecast high of 102 would make it the hottest July 15 on record, and Philadelphia health officials said it could be the most dangerous day of the summer. The city issued another health warning for today, meaning that the weather could contribute to at least 15 deaths. No weather-related deaths were reported yesterday, but it often is several days before heat-wave deaths are reported, after elderly shut-ins and other victims are discovered.
NEWS
May 31, 2011 | Inquirer Staff Report
With the high projected to hit 91 this afternoon, the Philadelphia area could find itself two-thirds of a way to the first heat wave of the season. The forecasted high of 90 Wednesday would seal the deal. But, the National Weather Service says, it will cool off Thursday with a high of 84 projected. There is no rain in the forecast until Wednesday afternoon, when there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Officials in the meantime have issued an air quality alert for air pollution concentrations that could be unhealthy for children, asthma sufferers, those with heart or other lung diseases and the elderly.
NEWS
July 6, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Don't sweat it" will be tough advice to follow for the next couple of days. Breathing could also be an issue for sensitive groups, such as the elderly and those with asthma or other respiratory conditions. A code orange alert, mostly for ozone, is in effect today for the entire region - from Harrisburg to lower Delaware to New York City. The highs of the current heat wave - at least three days hitting 90 or more - keep creeping upward, and the humidity is up as well. The dewpoint in the city was up to 71 this morning - a half-dozen points above where folks feel "sticky.
NEWS
August 2, 1991 | by Gloria Campisi, Daily News Staff Writer
Forecasts predicting a string of days with temperatures in the 90s, along with growing humidity, have prompted the city Health Department to declare an "elderly health watch. " Twenty-five people, all elderly, ill and living alone except for two men who resided in a boarding home, died of heat-related causes in last month's nine-day heat wave. "We can't possibly guarantee that (heat-related) deaths won't occur," said Dr. Robert K. Ross, deputy health commissioner. "But through some simple measures, we think we can prevent a good many of them.
SPORTS
September 26, 1996 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
When the Miami Heat dialed Ed Pinckney's number, the onetime Villanova hero saw it as "a chance to get back in the mix. " "I haven't been in the playoffs for a few years [1991-92, with the Boston Celtics], and that was something I missed," Pinckney said after signing a one-year contract as a free agent for slightly more than the NBA veterans-minimum of $247,500. Pinckney missed all but seven games of the Celtics' '92-93 season with an injury, then spent the next three seasons locked in the lottery with the Celtics, Milwaukee, Toronto and the 76ers.
NEWS
July 17, 1993
A while back, somebody took a look at actual medical statistics and questioned the breast cancer "epidemic" that had been trumpeted nationwide. It was discovered no such thing existed. Actual incidence of the disease had remained stable. Reporting and early diagnosis had generated the numbers that had been used to create the non- existent "epidemic. " Promoters of the "epidemic" were unruffled. They said breast cancer is an important problem, and they had lied to draw attention to it. Now we find the Philadelphia health commissioner admitting that he cooked the books on heat deaths because the greater public good is served by drawing attention to the fact that heat can be bad for you. There's one problem here.
SPORTS
January 18, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
LEBRON JAMES scored 33 points, Chris Bosh added 30 and the Miami Heat used a historic third-quarter turnaround to erase a big deficit and beat visiting San Antonio last night, 120-98. Miami outscored San Antonio 39-12 in the third quarter, the second-largest differential for any quarter in Heat history, and the second-worst differential for a period in Spurs history. The Heat trailed 52-35 late in the second quarter. Miami outscored San Antonio after halftime, 71-35. Mike Miller made his season debut and shot 6-for-6 on three-pointers.
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NEWS
August 12, 2015 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
ASK A CITY trashman or woman what's the nastiest part of the job or the worst thing that's ever happened, and the answer is not easy. Because there's just so much, especially in the summer: The asphalt is hot enough to melt the soles of work boots. The stink can churn an iron stomach. The maggots are celebrating their new life. The bees treat you like a pin cushion. The open-air drug dealers stop you and say, "Hold up, don't dump that can. " And yes, it's summertime and indeed the livin' is easy - for raccoons, opossums, rats and mice.
NEWS
August 7, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
As Philadelphia heat snaps go, this one was positively wimpy. Wednesday's high topped out at 88, breaking an eight-day streak of temperatures at 90 or above. Further relief is in sight, with forecast highs of 85 for Thursday and 81 for Friday. Hot, sure. But unbearable? For Philadelphia in August? Allison Johnstone, a South Philadelphia nanny supervising an enthusiastic toddler cooling off in the water at Center City's Sister Cities Park, scoffed. "It hasn't been that hot this summer," said Johnstone, 29. "Hot is when it's over 100. " Jeff Moran, spokesman for the city Health Department, said there had been no advisory or heat warning situations recently.
NEWS
July 30, 2015 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
As summers go, this one has been fairly benign, with only two short heat waves. Based on the forecast, the wave we're in now could end up being the longest of the season, with daily temperatures forecast to hit 90 or better into early next week. Wednesday would be the worst of it, with temperatures heading into the mid-90s and heat indexes in triple figures. But the National Weather Service has not hoisted the heat warning flags yet, and after Wednesday, the forecast highs back off a couple of degrees.
NEWS
July 28, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
From his cell on C block, Eric Jackson could hear the whirl of a nearby fan but couldn't feel the breeze. As the temperature in Philadelphia ticked into the 90s Monday, Jackson ripped the sheet from his bunk at the House of Correction. He said it had started to stink of sweat. "You lay there soaked in sweat, just laying on a bare mattress," Jackson, 31, said while waiting for a bus outside the prison after serving six weeks for theft. "You see cockroaches running up the wall, mice running across the floor.
NEWS
July 22, 2015 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
The region has had hotter days than Monday - when it hit a steamy 95 at Philadelphia International Airport - but not many hotter nights. In fact, the overnight low of 81 was the highest minimum temperature for a July 20 in Philadelphia since official record-keeping began 1874, beating the old record of 78 and missing the all-time mark of 83, set in 2010 and 2011. Temperatures on Tuesday were forecast to go no lower than the mid-70s, but the heat wave should be rather unexceptional history by Wednesday.
NEWS
July 21, 2015 | By Erin Edinger-Turoff, Inquirer Staff Writer
With temperatures in the mid-90s, magnified by rising humidity, the National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for the Philadelphia area through 8 p.m. Monday. Service providers were standing by, and emergency officials warned workers and at-risk populations to take precautions to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Temperatures began rising Saturday night, and by Sunday afternoon, humidity was making it feel more like 105 degrees, said Mitchell Gaines, a meteorologist with the weather service's Mount Holly bureau.
NEWS
July 13, 2014 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
Approaching the heart of what historically is the hottest period of the summer, Philadelphia has yet to record a single heat-related death. In fact, the city still hasn't issued a heat "warning. " Thus far, the region has had only one official "heat wave" - and that one made it on a mere technicality. In years past, summer has been rush hour at the Philadelphia Corp. for Aging (PCA), a nexus for heat emergencies. But so far the agency hasn't once activated its "heatline," part of the city's heat-wave response system.
REAL_ESTATE
May 5, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before she stumbled onto her first home in Passyunk Square in South Philadelphia, Caroline New had already toured her share of cookie-cutter houses. But the 600 block of Earp Street, between Reed and Wharton, within smelling distance of Pat's and Geno's Steaks, had everything she desired - and an architect's aesthetic, to boot. On her list of must-haves: a rowhouse; one to two bedrooms; natural gas; a renovated kitchen, and a price under $225,000. This property had all that, and more: The interior had been fully remodeled and rehabbed by the former owner, a Drexel architecture professor.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2013
BY THE TIME you read this, the heat wave will be over and I will be free to share the Joneses' dirtiest secret since the time we snuck five boxes of dollar-store Milk Duds into the movies. You see, we've been hiding something that some of you will be shocked to know, having read about the good fortune we've experienced over the years. During the heat wave that hit Philly during early July, our central air-conditioning system died, and we were told that the cost of replacing it would be $5,000.
BUSINESS
July 19, 2013 | By Reid Kanaley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Could a smartphone application save you in a heat wave? On the job or at play outside, look for relief to the OSHA Heat Safety Tool , available in English and Spanish from the U.S. Department of Labor. The free app for Android, Apple, and BlackBerry devices calculates a heat index - a combination of temperature and humidity. But what's important is the accompanying page of precautions to be taken. During high to extreme heat, the app says, outdoor work should be rescheduled for a cooler day. If it must go on, there needs to be drinking water on site, and there ought to be shade.
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