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.
July 19, 2013 |
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.
July 18, 2013 |
It was a war in the hot sand in Sea Isle City on Tuesday. Some armed themselves against the no-breeze heat with the latest in solar defense technology - fancy tents, canopies, and UV-resistant rash guards. Others literally blistered asleep in a chair, naked sunburned children half-napping beside them. But there were no rookie mistakes at the 40th Street beach. Here, they went old school: Five mothers, eight children, 13 beach chairs, and seven umbrellas, three patched with duct tape.
July 17, 2013 |
The most intense - and potentially dangerous - heat wave of the season is likely to sear its way into the record books this week. But it is unlikely that any records will be set during the sequence of steamy afternoons in Philadelphia. More likely, new standards will be set for overnight warmth, as temperatures struggle to get much below 80. Health experts warn that hot nights are particularly hazardous for the elderly living alone in rowhouse neighborhoods. "It's going to be brutal," said Gary Szatkowski, meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, which has issued a heat warning in effect through 8 p.m. Friday.
July 8, 2013 |
The third - and most-intense - heat wave of the year is underway, and the National Weather Service has issued an "excessive heat warning" for the next two days. Temperatures will not threaten any records, but it will feel as if it's 100 degrees in the city and nearby suburbs, the hottest it's been so far this year, the weather service says. Weather watchers based in Mount Holly say residents of Philadelphia and nearby communities also face nighttime temperatures that won't fall much below 80. Monday should feel almost as hot as Sunday.
July 7, 2013 |
The third - and most-intense - heat wave of the year is underway, and the National Weather Service has issued an "excessive heat warning" for the weekend. Temperatures won't threaten any records, but heat indexes could reach triple digits the next days, the weather service says. The warning is in effect from 11 a.m. Saturday until 8 p.m. Sunday as the atmosphere brews a steamy, sultry air mass laden with water vapor. One indication of the high humidities is the fact that nighttime temperatures won't make it below the low to mid-70s; water vapor inhibits nighttime cooling.
July 1, 2013 |
DEATH VALLEY, Calif. - Dan Kail was vacationing in Las Vegas when he heard that the temperature in Death Valley could approach 130 degrees this weekend. He didn't hesitate to make a trip to the desert location that is typically the hottest place on the planet. "Coming to Death Valley in the summertime has always been on the top of my bucket list," said Kail, 67, of Pittsburgh. "When I found out it might set a record I rented a car and drove straight over. If it goes above 130 I will have something to brag about.
June 28, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - A high-pressure system hanging over the West this weekend is expected to bring temperatures extreme even in a region used to baking during the summer. Notoriously hot Death Valley's forecast could touch 129 degrees, not so far off the world-record high of 134 logged there July 10, 1913. The National Weather Service called for 118 in Phoenix and 117 in Las Vegas on Sunday - a mark reached only twice in Sin City. "It's brutal out there," said Leslie Carmine, spokeswoman for Catholic Charities, which runs a daytime shelter in Las Vegas to draw homeless people out of the dangerous heat and equip them with sunscreen and bottled water.
August 2, 2012 |
August begins with another round of July-like weather, with thunderstorms expected today, followed by a possible heat wave - and more thunderstorms. "Heat index values, particularly in urban areas, could approach 100 degrees Friday through Sunday," according to the National Weather Service. Today, showers and thunderstorms could develop by midday, with "gusty winds and heavy downpours" possible. The threat could continue through the afternoon rush hour, but should diminish by nightfall.
July 13, 2012
With yet another hot spell under way, the region's heat-related summer death toll has climbed to nine. The city Health Department said Thursday that heat contributed to the deaths of five Philadelphians during the 12-day heat wave, one of the longest on record, that broke earlier this week. The most recently reported deaths were those of an 80-year-old woman in the Nicetown-Tioga section of the city, and a 78-year-old woman in Southwest Philadelphia. Both had background heart conditions.