HEAT WAVE: Eastern US cooks In Summer Heat, Temps Reach 100s

BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI | 07/24/10 11:30 PM | AP

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TOMS RIVER, N.J. — Another wave of oppressive heat clamped down on a broad swath of Eastern states on Saturday, with temperatures in the high 90s and 100s and residents scrambling for shade or just staying indoors.

In the Mid-Atlantic, already the locus for brutal temperatures several times in July, weather experts warned of the dangerous conditions and residents resigned themselves to coping with the discomfort.

"Oh, it's disgusting. It's already really hot," meteorologist Heather Sheffield of the National Weather Service said of morning temperatures in Washington, D.C.

One possible weather-related death was reported in Maryland, where paramedics said the high temperatures and humidity likely played a role in the death of a 20-year-old man who was biking, went into cardiac arrest and hit his head on a tree as he fell.

With the heat and humidity combining for a possible heat index of over 110 degrees, the weather service issued an excessive heat warning for the first time this year for an area stretching from south of Washington to north of Baltimore, along the Interstate 95 corridor. By midday Saturday, a wide band from lower New England to the Deep South was under a heat advisory.

The thermometer hit 100 degrees in Washington and Baltimore by mid-afternoon, where the heat index was 109. In Norfolk, Va., it was 104 degrees and 108 degrees with the heat index. Elsewhere, record highs for July 24 of 97 degrees in New York and Philadelphia and 99 degrees in Newark, N.J., were reported.

As temperatures soared toward 100 degrees in New Jersey, Harry Oliver was trying to make sense of it all as he waited to get sandwiches inside a Toms River convenience store.

"When I complain about the heat and humidity, my wife reminds me that I was begging for this type of weather when I was shoveling all that snow this past winter," the 47-year-old Lakehurst resident said. "Now I'm looking forward to the snow again."

Oliver said he and his wife didn't want to cook. "It's hot enough in the house already, even with my air conditioning running 24/7," he said.

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In New York City, the heat brought out the inner entrepreneur in one resident.

A.J. Ousmane, 27, a native of the West African nation of Mali, sold ice-cold water bottles for $1 from a cooler on a Harlem sidewalk. He planned to stay out all afternoon, and hoped to make about $55 for the day, after expenses.

"I keep moving with the shade," he said, as he positioned himself in the creeping shadow of a coin-operated laundry.

Poolside, 20-year-old Meredith Watkins slathered herself with SPF 15 and filled her water bottle before working a shift as a lifeguard in suburban Columbus, Ohio. Watkins scouted the swimming pool for an excuse to jump in – something she says she does at least once an hour on hot days.

"You still gotta do your job when it's this hot," she said, twirling a whistle on a red lanyard. "Especially with the humidity, it makes it awful. You just sit there and sweat and sweat."

Kristin Kline, a weather service meteorologist at Mount Holly, N.J., said this summer hasn't been "record-setting hot" in most places. The off-and-on scorching heat that's been felt in the Mid-Atlantic can be blamed on "a Bermuda high" between Bermuda and North Carolina that is pushing hot, humid air into the region, Kline said.

In Pennsylvania, Louie Correa, 55, of Louie's Appliances was out trundling a fan and a kitchen table into a South Philadelphia home. He said that earlier in the day, he had been by the homes of some older residents to make sure they were all right.

"Sometimes they see me knocking on the door, and the neighbors say 'What you want there?' Like this morning, I said 'Oh, just making sure Miss Regina is all right,' 'Just making sure Frank is all right,'" Correa said.

While temperatures climbed, Jason Wish dabbed a sweaty T-shirt on his brow as he loaded crates of tomatoes and bushels of peppers into a truck at a farmer's market in suburban Columbus, Ohio. He and dozens of other farmhands hurried to pack up their produce and escape to air-conditioned vans and pickups.

"It makes me wanna jump in the pond and go swimming," Wish said.

Many hit the beach for relief, though not all were there to soak up the sun.

Jeff Clarkson, 47, and his 12-year-old son Chuck planned to hit the arcades along the Point Pleasant area boardwalk in New Jersey.

"I don't want him out there too long 'cause it could be dangerous," said the elder Clarkson, whose family was visiting from suburban Philadelphia. "But in here, we can spend time together and stay kind of cool, though it's likely to cost me a lot of money by the time we're through."

Not much relief was in the forecast Sunday. Sunday's highs were expected to reach into the low- to mid-90s, but heat indices should be slightly lower – in the high 90s, possibly as high as 101 in cities.

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Associated Press writers Jessica Gresko and Kathleen Miller in Washington, D.C., Verena Dobnik in New York City, Ron Todt in Philadelphia, and Jeannie Nuss in Columbus, Ohio., contributed to this story.


TOMS RIVER, N.J. — Another wave of oppressive heat clamped down on a broad swath of Eastern states on Saturday, with temperatures in the high 90s and 100s and residents scrambling for shade or j...
TOMS RIVER, N.J. — Another wave of oppressive heat clamped down on a broad swath of Eastern states on Saturday, with temperatures in the high 90s and 100s and residents scrambling for shade or j...
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mmsuki   2 minutes ago (11:58 AM)
Get used to it, people; yes, even all you GW-deniers. The future is here.
frs   16 hours ago (7:44 PM)
It is not only the NE, Russia too is in the midst of a horrible heatwave.....

http://www.newslook.com/videos/232707-russian-heatwave-breaks-records
ResearchGuy   18 hours ago (5:57 PM)
In California's Central Valley, July and August temps of 100 to 115 are not uncommon. But it's a dry heat . . .
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boyoboy   16 hours ago (8:08 PM)
It's the heat index that matters. If your temp is 115, but the heat index is 113 because the relative humidity is low, it's still hot.

Similarly, on the East Coast, particularly the Southeast have higher humidity and dew point, which raises the heat index. A 90 degree day might feel like 103 degrees.
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JScott   2 hours ago (10:24 AM)
Indeed I noticed the difference on vacation in NYC, even up into the high 80's it starts to get uncomfortable. While those temps in the Ca. Central Valley are at least bearable, and I've had days where it's in the mid 90's and I don't even turn on the AC.
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chuck prebys   19 hours ago (4:44 PM)
Cold front just moved through DC.
Temps dropped 15 degrees within an hour.
Finally, can go outside again
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JoeMentia   20 hours ago (4:01 PM)
but I was told that global warming is a hoax because it snowed last winter.
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Mixey   20 hours ago (3:44 PM)
Inhofe thinks it's a cooling period due to the fact that the repubes are cold-blooded ignorant creatures.
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boyoboy   16 hours ago (8:09 PM)
He might be onto something there ;)
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boyoboy   16 hours ago (8:14 PM)
We have our fair share. I live in Contra Costa County, and most of last September our temps were mostly above 100 and often in the 103-107 range.

Combined with our level of pollution (depending on where you live) some people (such as elderly, children, and those with pulmonary conditions should stay in their homes).
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boyoboy   16 hours ago (8:16 PM)
Weird. My second comment posted in the wrong location.
nowwhat2   22 hours ago (2:30 PM)
The thing about MMGW that bothers me is that it's irreparable. At least the worst case scenarios tell us that it is. There's not a chance in hades that Amercia is going to cut it's emissions by 50% by 2020. No way. Changing your lightbulbs and buying a Prius isn't going to do it. And try telling Chinese and Indian people to go back to the way things were 30 years ago instead of modernizing and trying to improve their quality of life.. Good luck. It's not about convincing the GOP that MMGW is real. It's MUCH MUCH bigger than that. We have environmental issues that we can fix NOW. Steps we can take that would give us cleaner air and water with immediate results. The hubub about MMGW drowns everything out. Of course anytime a multi billion dollar industry gets behind something that tends to happen. The propoganda (I'm not saying it's false) for MMGW is deafening because entire industries are putting ther chips on the panic created by MMGW.
Power2Truth   20 hours ago (3:31 PM)
fanned
The shrillness, viciousness and intolerance of the MMGW lobby reminds me of the khmer rouge.
In the meantime the oil companies continue to destroy environments, people and animals wholesale.
As they have done so for 50 years.
It’s devastating
And the shrills want new taxes and special light bulbs.
But please stop with this man made climate political tax BS
It’s a distraction
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LCDTV   23 hours ago (1:25 PM)
98.8. the roads are empty--quite odd and strange. the city pool is half full. usually the streets are full of dog walkers and jogs. more people are staying indoors; too hot to adventure outside. can not wait until this weather passes.
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AllShookUp   23 hours ago (1:18 PM)
Damn it's hot. No central air. Barely keeping the house cool. Upstairs registers upwards of 90 deg. in the afternoon. My only saving grace is the pool, which I plan to take advantage of here in a few minutes. If I didn't think I'd drown I'd take up residence for the duration of the heat wave.
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Uggg   23 hours ago (1:17 PM)
Only 100 wow I just left 130+ in the middle east
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MamaKri   23 hours ago (12:51 PM)
It's. So. Hot. I feel like I am trapped inside of a sauna. Going outside is useless. Even thinking about going outside irritates me. I guess that is what I get for moving to PA in the last trimester of my pregnancy during a summer where "it never gets this hot."

I hope everyone else out here is getting a bit of relief when they can. I have lived in the desert most of my life and their heat is nothing compared to this kind of wave of muggy death. And with that ... ice bath.
hearken   24 hours ago (12:06 PM)
If it wasn't for ignorance the Repugnuts would have nothing to say.
motoGpifupleez   11:32 AM on 7/25/2010
"We are in a cooling period".

James Inhofe, Republican Senator from Oklahoma.
abelenkpe   10:51 AM on 7/25/2010
How come the same people who claimed the snow was proof climate change wasn't real aren't mentioning climate change now that they are experiencing extreme heat?
Jimbo23   11:17 AM on 7/25/2010
x2!!! These folks seem to think every cold snap is proof of a new ice age yet they are conspicuously mum while the whole Eastern US feels like an oven and heat records are breaking. Denial is a puzzling thing.
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Koreboomer   11:24 AM on 7/25/2010
I bring up this song lyric from time to time because it's so true:

"A man hears what he wants to hear, and disregards the rest..."


Simon and Garfunkel
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myth buster   20 hours ago (4:00 PM)
It's pretty cold in California right now. Truth be told it isn't that big of a deal.
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boyoboy   16 hours ago (8:19 PM)
We have our fair share. I live in Contra Costa County, and most of last September our temps were mostly above 100 and often in the 103-107 range. Last week was pretty warm. All above 90 and some at 100ish. Reduce the actual temps by 2 or 3 degrees to meet the heat index, and it was warm.

Combined with our level of pollution (depending on where you live) some people (such as elderly, children, and those with pulmonary conditions should stay in their homes).
titi caca   10:34 AM on 7/25/2010
Good news everyone!! we had a cold front move in last night Manitoba&Ontario and the temp dropped from 42 yesterday to 21 overnight in Toronto. Low humidity now too. I really hope it delves deep down there for you guys in the States. So, let the north winds blow and you'll be relieved, at least for a while eh...
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Koreboomer   11:26 AM on 7/25/2010
Thanks for the update!

But, gotta tell you, Americans just can't relate to Centigrade.
We think in Farenheit.
titi caca   11:43 AM on 7/25/2010
ah! right! What would that be? wow 108 down to 70. Sounds more dramatic! Ah geez here comes the cooling period.

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