Blistering heat sears Western US

Jun 30, 2013
Blistering heat sears western U.S.
Experts offer steps you can take to stay safe as temperatures rise.

(HealthDay)—Temperatures topping 110 and even 120 degrees Fahrenheit have much of the American West sweltering this weekend, and health officials are warning that people must do what they can to stay cool as the heat wave continues.

Temperatures in California's Death Valley hit 122 degrees by 4 p.m. Saturday and could approach 130 degrees on Sunday. Baker, Calif., in the Mojave Desert between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, was baking under 120 degree temperatures, and Palm Springs residents saw the thermometer soar to 122 degrees. In Los Angeles County a record temperature of 111 was recorded at Lancaster Fox Field, CBS/Associated Press reported.

National Weather Service meteorologist John Dumas said cooling Pacific Ocean winds haven't been pushing far enough inland to offer many Southern Californians overnight relief.

One man in Las Vegas died due to heat-related causes and another was hospitalized Saturday, authorities said. In both cases the men were found without working air conditioning.

The will ebb slowly and is expected to last for the next few days, meteorologists said, and will also hit Utah, Wyoming and other western states, CBS/Associated Press reported.

Health experts said there are key steps everyone can take to minimize their risk from extreme heat.

One essential step: Check up on elderly or ill relatives living on their own.

"Due to various reasons, the elderly are prone to suffer from the extreme heat," said Dr. Salvatore Pardo, associate chairman of the emergency department at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y.

"It is vital for loved ones and friendly neighbors to enter the home and make sure they have functioning air conditioning or access to a cool environment—for example, a cooling center, senior center, public shopping mall—during extreme heat events," he said. "This should be done at the beginning, during, and after the event."

Dr. Michael Ammazzalorso, chief medical officer at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y., offered up other potentially lifesaving tips.

Keeping the shades drawn in the daytime can keep homes cooler, he said, and "if you live in a split-level home, stay downstairs. Heat rises, so upstairs will always be hotter than your living room. Open windows upstairs if you have no air conditioning to keep the room cool and have a fan blowing."

Alcoholic beverages dehydrate, so stick to water or beverages without alcohol, lots of sugar or caffeine, Ammazzalorso said. Wear light, light-colored and loose clothing to stay cooler.

"Let the children play outside in the early morning or early evening when the air quality is at a healthier level and the temperatures are cooler," he added. "Head to a local swimming pool or beach to cool off, but never swim alone and be sure to observe all posted swimming advisories."

According to Ammazzalorso, signs of heat exhaustion include skin that is cool, moist and pale but may look flushed at times. Dizziness or fainting, nausea or vomiting, fatigue and headache are also potential signs of heat exhaustion.

Signs of an even more serious condition known as stroke include red, hot and dry skin, high body temperatures (105 degrees or above), a rapid and weak pulse, rapid and shallow breathing, and changes in consciousness. In these cases, 911 should be dialed immediately, Ammazzalorso said.

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VendicarE
4 / 5 (20) Jun 30, 2013
There certainly seems to be a lot of this kind of Blistering heat these days.

More frequent and more probable as every year passes.

Watts up with that?
Shootist
1.9 / 5 (22) Jun 30, 2013
There certainly seems to be a lot of this kind of Blistering heat these days.


Go troll somewhere else.

"Blistering heat sears Western US"

We'll grow oranges in Alaska, coffee in Cascadia and papaya in Nebraska. Growing seasons will be longer and people will have more to eat. Food will cost less as well.

Climate optimums are always better than Little Ice Ages.
ryggesogn2
1.9 / 5 (22) Jun 30, 2013
Weather is not climate, unless the weather is hot. Then it is AGW.

A few years ago, flights were delayed from PHX because their were no flap settings for temps over 120F.
Mr Anderson
4.2 / 5 (15) Jun 30, 2013
Weather is not climate, unless the weather is hot. Then it is AGW.


I believe it's not so much a weather event in isolation that can be attributed, but rather the frequency of them compared to decades ago. The scary thing is that Anthropogenic Climate Change is just in its infancy given that global temps have only increased on average by 0.7'C odd so far.
Mr Anderson
4.1 / 5 (14) Jun 30, 2013
Climate optimums are always better than Little Ice Ages.


If Death Valley, California isn't optimum enough for you there's always Venus.
deepsand
3.3 / 5 (19) Jun 30, 2013
Weather is not climate, unless the weather is hot. Then it is AGW.

Rygg is a compulsive liar.
djr
4 / 5 (16) Jun 30, 2013
So I did quick google search on the hottest records for Phoenix Arizona. Interesting data. Here are the records.

122°F on June 26, 1990;

121°F on July 28, 1995;

120°F on June 25, 1990;

119°F on June 29, 2013;

118°F on July 16, 1925; June 24, 1929; July 11, 1958; July 4, 1989; June 27, 1990; June 28, 1990; July 27, 1995; July 21, 2006; July 2, 2011.

Interesting right???? - the top 4 hottest records in Phoenix - all occurred in the last 23 years. Now I would not have mentioned just one city - like Phoenix - it is not to scientific, but I figure if one person can use anecdotal - it is fair game...

source - http://phoenix.ab...ia_2.htm
deepsand
3.2 / 5 (18) Jun 30, 2013
There certainly seems to be a lot of this kind of Blistering heat these days.


Go troll somewhere else.

Advice that you would do well to heed.
djr
3.8 / 5 (13) Jul 01, 2013
On the Phoenix data - I also just noticed - that the 5th hottest record (118 degrees F) has occurred 9 times in the record - and six of those 9 times all occurred in the last 24 years. That means that of the 13 occurrences of hottest temps - 10 occurred in the past 24 years - sure sounds like a warming trend to me...
Grallen
3.7 / 5 (13) Jul 01, 2013
@djr: How long the record is would probably interest people as well. (1896-2010) looks like the range. So... 76% of highest heat records in Phoenix were set in the last 24 years of it's 114 year temperature history.
alfie_null
4 / 5 (9) Jul 01, 2013
We'll grow oranges in Alaska, coffee in Cascadia and papaya in Nebraska. Growing seasons will be longer and people will have more to eat. Food will cost less as well.

Climate optimums are always better than Little Ice Ages.

Climate and ecology aren't simple processes. Most of us are wise enough, or honest enough, to admit that.
VendicarE
3.8 / 5 (11) Jul 01, 2013
"Rygg is a compulsive liar." - deepsand

I have never encountered a Libertarian/randite who wasn't a congenital and perpetual liar.

RyggTard is just a clone of those other perpetually dishonest, Libertarian parasites.
VendicarE
4 / 5 (13) Jul 01, 2013
"Growing seasons will be longer and people will have more to eat. Food will cost less as well." - ShooTard

Meanwhile, food prices are increasing, World grain stocks are at an all time low, heatwaves and associated droughts are more frequently destroying crops on a continental scale.

ShooTard is living in a Conservative Faux News fantasy land.
deepsand
3.1 / 5 (15) Jul 02, 2013
We'll grow oranges in Alaska, coffee in Cascadia and papaya in Nebraska. Growing seasons will be longer and people will have more to eat. Food will cost less as well.

Climate optimums are always better than Little Ice Ages.

Climate and ecology aren't simple processes. Most of us are wise enough, or honest enough, to admit that.

Sadly, the denialists are neither.
ryggesogn2
1.3 / 5 (14) Jul 02, 2013
We'll grow oranges in Alaska, coffee in Cascadia and papaya in Nebraska. Growing seasons will be longer and people will have more to eat. Food will cost less as well.

Climate optimums are always better than Little Ice Ages.

Climate and ecology aren't simple processes. Most of us are wise enough, or honest enough, to admit that.

Sadly, the denialists are neither.

But the AGWites say the solution is SOO simple. Socialize the world to stop CO2 being produced by humans.
djr
4.6 / 5 (11) Jul 02, 2013
"But the AGWites say the solution is SOO simple. Socialize the world to stop CO2 being produced by humans."

As usual - the generalizations put out by people who have the analysis of a 2 year old are meaningless. We still are in very early days of even understanding the climate. It is important to continue studying the climate - and it totally makes sense to me to look for win/win solutions such as developing non polluting energy sources (unless you like Exon Valdiz, tar sand level destruction, Deep Horizon, Beijing level pollution etc.) Thanks to the brilliant work of our engineers - wind power is now down to an unsubsidized 5 - 7 cents per Kwh - http://cleantechn...-part-3/ and it will keep going down. So the smart people continue to do science - and innovating - and the 2 year olds just put out meaningless shit - to try keeping us in the dark ages - sickening.
TheGhostofOtto1923
4.1 / 5 (11) Jul 02, 2013
There certainly seems to be a lot of this kind of Blistering heat these days.

More frequent and more probable as every year passes.

Watts up with that?
This is how ice ages begin. See, it gets really hot in the tropics, causing all this evaporation, which forms all these clouds, which move up north and begin dumping megatons of snow forever. And voila! Snowball earth and mastodons.

It happens really quick too, like 3 months or something.
runrig
4.3 / 5 (12) Jul 02, 2013

We'll grow oranges in Alaska, coffee in Cascadia and papaya in Nebraska. Growing seasons will be longer and people will have more to eat. Food will cost less as well.

Climate optimums are always better than Little Ice Ages.


You've posted something very like this on a recent thread.

Are you serious? Seriously?
If you are, you are seriously puddled. On something.
TheGhostofOtto1923
4.3 / 5 (12) Jul 02, 2013
We'll grow oranges in Alaska, coffee in Cascadia and papaya in Nebraska. Growing seasons will be longer and people will have more to eat. Food will cost less as well
Actually much valuable farmland might be desert or seabed.
http://blog.petaf...2008/10/

-And remaining habitable land may be settled by refugees.
ValeriaT
1.6 / 5 (13) Jul 02, 2013
Of course, one blistering heat wave means nothing, but if it repeats every year, then we should consider the wider connections, like the climatic change. Whether it's caused with anthropogenic emissions is indeed a quite different question. I would rather point to another, more practical connections.
ValeriaT
1.3 / 5 (13) Jul 02, 2013
It looks like the hockey stick graph, doesn't it?
VendicarE
4.3 / 5 (9) Jul 02, 2013
"Socialize the world to stop CO2 being produced by humans. " - RyggTard

RyggTard just can't help himself. His Libertarian/Randite ideology demands he tell at least one lie with every post.

No one claims such a thing of course. But it is true that CO2 reductions will require coordinated efforts, and that means government directed change.

RyggTard will be prohibited from burning his tar balls, for the sake of society, just as he will be imprisoned should he refuse treatment for a highly communicable disease.

deepsand
3.5 / 5 (16) Jul 03, 2013
We'll grow oranges in Alaska, coffee in Cascadia and papaya in Nebraska. Growing seasons will be longer and people will have more to eat. Food will cost less as well.

Climate optimums are always better than Little Ice Ages.

Climate and ecology aren't simple processes. Most of us are wise enough, or honest enough, to admit that.

Sadly, the denialists are neither.

But the AGWites say the solution is SOO simple. Socialize the world to stop CO2 being produced by humans.

As is his usual want, Rygg seeks to evade issues of scientific fact by misdirecting to matters of policy.
Sinister1811
3.6 / 5 (10) Jul 03, 2013
Sounds like it has been baking in the western US this summer. If only they could send some of that heat over here. I've been freezing my ass off this winter!
ubavontuba
1 / 5 (11) Jul 03, 2013
There certainly seems to be a lot of this kind of Blistering heat these days.

More frequent and more probable as every year passes.

Watts up with that?
Apparently then, you've never lived there. There's nothing unusual about this heatwave. It's only news because the AGWites are desperate for headlines.

ubavontuba
1 / 5 (9) Jul 03, 2013
Sounds like it has been baking in the western US this summer. If only they could send some of that heat over here. I've been freezing my ass off this winter!
Where are you?
Sinister1811
3.7 / 5 (11) Jul 03, 2013
Sounds like it has been baking in the western US this summer. If only they could send some of that heat over here. I've been freezing my ass off this winter!
Where are you?


In the southern hemisphere. It's winter here.
Maggnus
4.6 / 5 (11) Jul 03, 2013
Apparently then, you've never lived there. There's nothing unusual about this heatwave. It's only news because the AGWites are desperate for headlines.


Yea that's it! Nothing to do with record high temperatures for days in a row! No, its because some nebulous entity is trying to generate false headlines so they can, erm, do something, um bad. Yea that's it!

Listen to yourself you idiot!!!
ubavontuba
1 / 5 (11) Jul 03, 2013
Sounds like it has been baking in the western US this summer. If only they could send some of that heat over here. I've been freezing my ass off this winter!
Where are you?


In the southern hemisphere. It's winter here.
I suspected that. Some friends of mine in the Sierra foothills are wishing for winter right now.

ubavontuba
1 / 5 (11) Jul 03, 2013
Apparently then, you've never lived there. There's nothing unusual about this heatwave. It's only news because the AGWites are desperate for headlines.


Yea that's it! Nothing to do with record high temperatures for days in a row! No, its because some nebulous entity is trying to generate false headlines so they can, erm, do something, um bad. Yea that's it!
Whether you believe it or not, it's true. The temperatures aren't that unusual. It's mostly a semi-arid desert region.

"According to the Western Regional Climate Center, in Arizona "high temperatures are common throughout the summer at the lower elevations and temperatures over 125 degrees F have been observed in the desert area."
- http://www.climas...p-precip

Listen to yourself you idiot!!!
You should try reading your posts out loud, or have someone read them to you. You are very abrasive.

deepsand
3.6 / 5 (17) Jul 04, 2013
You should try reading your posts out loud, or have someone read them to you. You are very abrasive.

You might try the same, so as to see how your sophistry leaps out at the reader.
Neinsense99
3.5 / 5 (11) Jul 06, 2013
If you want to see worse than blistering heat, check out the video of the derailed train loaded with oil that exploded in the downtown of Lac Megantic, Quebec, early this morning.
Neinsense99
3.7 / 5 (12) Jul 06, 2013
If you want to see worse than blistering heat, check out the video of the derailed train loaded with oil that exploded in the downtown of Lac Megantic, Quebec, early this morning.

Already one of the tinfoil brigade is suggesting it was a conspiracy of a pipeline/energy company and the federal government. These narcissistic twits have no sense of decency.
VendicarE
4.5 / 5 (10) Jul 06, 2013
"Already one of the tinfoil brigade is suggesting it was a conspiracy of a pipeline/energy company and the federal government." - Neinsense99

Conservative Christians are using their psychic powers to call Superman and Aquaman to the scene to battle the fire.

VendicarE
4.6 / 5 (10) Jul 06, 2013
"In the southern hemisphere. It's winter here." - Sinister

I was once told by a denialist American Retard that the reason why the earth was warming because it was summer and the earth was in it's summer season where the earth is closer to the sun.

Remarkable ignorance.

Neinsense99
3.9 / 5 (14) Jul 06, 2013
If you want to see worse than blistering heat, check out the video of the derailed train loaded with oil that exploded in the downtown of Lac Megantic, Quebec, early this morning.

Already one of the tinfoil brigade is suggesting it was a conspiracy of a pipeline/energy company and the federal government. These narcissistic twits have no sense of decency.

I'm opposed to mindless conspiracy BS whatever the agenda. (Watch some troll try to twist my words in 3...2..1...)
antigoracle
1.6 / 5 (14) Jul 07, 2013
On the Phoenix data - I also just noticed - that the 5th hottest record (118 degrees F) has occurred 9 times in the record - and six of those 9 times all occurred in the last 24 years. That means that of the 13 occurrences of hottest temps - 10 occurred in the past 24 years - sure sounds like a warming trend to me...

Yep, that's conclusive, that be global warming right there and it all happened in the last 24 years.
Whether or not there is a AGW is irrelevant. What matters is the belief.
VendicarE
4.1 / 5 (9) Jul 07, 2013
The Anti-Gore-Tard sums up the Republican Ideological failure in one sentence.

"Whether or not there is a AGW is irrelevant. What matters is the belief." - Anti-Gore-Tard
antigoracle
1.3 / 5 (13) Jul 07, 2013
The Anti-Gore-Tard sums up the Republican Ideological failure in one sentence.

"Whether or not there is a AGW is irrelevant. What matters is the belief." - Anti-Gore-Tard

Hmmm.... strong be the stupidity in this one.
The VendiTurd is obviously too dense to realize that it's the AGW Alarmist cult's ideological failure that I was summing up in that sentence.
deepsand
3.6 / 5 (14) Jul 07, 2013
On the Phoenix data - I also just noticed - that the 5th hottest record (118 degrees F) has occurred 9 times in the record - and six of those 9 times all occurred in the last 24 years. That means that of the 13 occurrences of hottest temps - 10 occurred in the past 24 years - sure sounds like a warming trend to me...

Yep, that's conclusive, that be global warming right there and it all happened in the last 24 years.
Whether or not there is a AGW is irrelevant. What matters is the belief.

You lack the humour to be entertaining, the knowledge to be informative, and have all the charm and attraction of a deceased rat which suffered from leprosy and incontinence.
deepsand
3.6 / 5 (14) Jul 07, 2013
The Anti-Gore-Tard sums up the Republican Ideological failure in one sentence.

"Whether or not there is a AGW is irrelevant. What matters is the belief." - Anti-Gore-Tard

Hmmm.... strong be the stupidity in this one.
The VendiTurd is obviously too dense to realize that it's the AGW Alarmist cult's ideological failure that I was summing up in that sentence.

The stupidity is yours for having made such a fallacious claim.
VendicarE
4.5 / 5 (8) Jul 07, 2013
The Anti-Gore-Tard sums up the Republican Ideological failure in one sentence.

"Whether or not there is a AGW is irrelevant. What matters is the belief." - Anti-Gore-Tard
VendicarE
4.5 / 5 (8) Jul 07, 2013
Anti-Gore-Tard and UbVonTard must be related given their uncommon ignorance of how the world works.

At this moment in another thread, UbVonTard is calling people idiots for them correctly claiming that the phase transition of water to steam is not accompanied by a temperature increase.

UbVonTard insists that it is.

11 year olds know more about science and the real world than he does.

No wonder he spends his days lying to coverup his perpetual misstatements and mindless assertions.
VendicarE
4.5 / 5 (8) Jul 07, 2013
"Idiot spambot. That's only true if you're measuring isolated parts of the system. The whole system's temperature increases." - UbVonTard

Wrong again, my little Conservative Moron. The temperature of the system of boiling water remains static while the water turns to steam.

It is a property of phase transitions that 11 year olds know, and you are clueless about.

What a shame you never graduated from grade 6.

Look at it this way, dung for brains, if the steam were hotter than the water it would cool by heating the water, thereby negating the implied reason for it's existence.

Poor Dung for Brains UbVonTard. He knows less about how the world works than an 11 year old.
VendicarE
4.3 / 5 (6) Jul 07, 2013
"Maybe you think the steam in a steam engine never gets above 100'C? LOL." - UbVonTard

The temperature of steam in a steam engine never exceeds the temperature of the boiling water that generates it. Doing so is a violation of the laws of thermodynamics.

The steam and the water are necessarily at thermal equilibrium. If the steam was hotter it would warm the water to the point where the temperatures would then be equal.

11 year olds know the science. What is your excuse for being ignorant of it?

Howhot
4 / 5 (4) Jul 08, 2013
Blistering heat sears Western US
Wow. Has it ever. Imagine adding a few more Celsius to those temp and you have hints of what 2050 will look like.
Neinsense99
2 / 5 (4) Jul 23, 2013
There certainly seems to be a lot of this kind of Blistering heat these days.

More frequent and more probable as every year passes.

Watts up with that?
This is how ice ages begin. See, it gets really hot in the tropics, causing all this evaporation, which forms all these clouds, which move up north and begin dumping megatons of snow forever. And voila! Snowball earth and mastodons.

It happens really quick too, like 3 months or something.

That's why you see signs of recent glaciers on Al Gore's secret tropical paradise island (the one with his volcano HQ). Mastodons rising from the grave. Zombie cave bears too. Heck, it might even happen the day after tomorrow...
Neinsense99
2 / 5 (4) Jul 23, 2013
"Growing seasons will be longer and people will have more to eat. Food will cost less as well." - ShooTard

Meanwhile, food prices are increasing, World grain stocks are at an all time low, heatwaves and associated droughts are more frequently destroying crops on a continental scale.

ShooTard is living in a Conservative Faux News fantasy land.

I wouldn't be surprised if his fantasy land comes with little people and Hispanics at his beck and call. Hey, that might make a tv show...

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