According to ABC’s Good Morning America there were 21 states with heat advisories today and tomorrow isn’t looking any cooler. A quick look at the NOAA map:
According to the NOAA:
HEAT is the number one weather-related killer. On average, more than 1,500 people in the U.S. die each year from excessive heat. This number is greater than the 30-year mean annual number of deaths due to tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and lightning combined. In the 40-year period from 1936 through 1975, nearly 20,000 people were killed in the United States by the effects of heat and solar radiation.
In the disastrous heat wave of 1980, more than 1,250 people died. In the heat wave of 1995 more than 700 deaths in the Chicago, Illinois area were attributed to this event. And in August 2003, a record heat wave in Europe claimed an estimated 50,000 lives.
Remember that? The death toll just kept rising. We don’t get a big bunch of news about our neighbors. It appears there were record heat waves in at least 3 decades that claimed a lot of lives. If we could just experience the world’s climatic conditions every day we might achieve some unity of opinion about global climate change.