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Some Of The U.S. Still Can’t Beat The Heat

DALLAS, Aug. 3 (UPI) — The heat wave responsible for dozens of deaths across the U.S. midsection is entering its second month, meteorologists said.

Temperatures topped 100 degrees during the day and fell only to the upper 80s during the night in cities such as Dallas, Oklahoma City and Kansas City, Mo., CNN reported.

AccuWeather.com said Dallas may not see any relief from triple-digit heat until mid-August.

As Texans try to maintain their cool, the state said it set a record for electricity demand Tuesday afternoon — breaking the mark set Monday.

“Due to the high temperatures and high electricity usage expected this week, we are continuing to request that consumers and businesses reduce their electricity use during peak electricity hours … for the remainder of the week,” said Kent Saathoff of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages the state’s power grid.

Tuesday’s record usage could be broken Wednesday, the council said.

Officials blame the sweltering temperatures for dozens of heat-related deaths across the region, mainly in Texas and Oklahoma.

In Plano, Texas, an assistant high school football coach died Monday after passing out during the first practice of the season. The medical examiner ruled the coach died from heat exposure associated with heart disease, KDAF-TV, Dallas, reported.

Heat advisories and warnings were posted in parts of at least 17 states from Arizona to North Carolina, CNN reported.

In Tulsa, Okla., maple trees were falling to heat exhaustion, arborist Mike Forest told the cable network.

About 18 percent of the contiguous states are in extreme or exceptional drought conditions, the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln said.

AccuWeather.com said high pressure throughout the atmosphere would keep most fronts, tropical systems and thunderstorms away from Texas for a while.

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  • Karolyn

    It’s been bad enough here in SC. So glad I’m not in Texas or OK, but I really feel for them. I can’t wait for fall!!

  • Raggs

    I think that this is a phenomena that is called summer…. I’m sure that it happens at least once a year… <– that message is for those that still believe al gore is smart.

  • http://lives RAYMOND HARBIN

    THE IMMODERATE HEAT IN THE NORTH, WEST, AND NORTHEAST, HAS NOT BEEN THE CASE, MOST OF THE TIME, IN THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS AND PERIPHERAL CITIES LIKE ATLANTA. PEOPLE TEND TO BELIEVE THAT NORTH IS COOL AND SOUTH IS HOT. THIS OVER SIMPLISTIC EQUATION, WHILE GENERALLY TRUE, ON AVERAGE, IT IS OFTEN BROKEN BY LOCAL GROUND ELEVATION, THE SURROUNDING TOPOGRAPHY AND THE PRESENCE OR ABSENCE OF LARGE BODIES OF WATER.

    ATLANTA IS THE HIGHEST MAJOR CITY IN THE EASTERN USA, 1070 FEET, ON DOWNTOWN PEACHTREE STREET WITH SEVERAL METRO AREAS EXCEEDING 1500 FEET, EXPRESSED AS SMALL MOUNTAINS, RISING 700 TO 900 FEET ABOVE THE SURROUNDING TERRAIN.

    PEOPLE ASK (I CONSULT, PRINCIPALLY ON PREMIUM HARDWOOD LUMBER DRYING, ASSOCIATED WASTE FIRED BOILERS), BUT IN ACTUALLY I HAVE A MUCH LARGER AUDIENCE OF INDUSTRIALIST AND THOSE INTERESTED IN CLIMATE, WOOD GASIFICATION, ET CETERA. PEOPLE ASK:

    “HOW CAN IT BE ONLY WARM IN NORTHERN GEORGIA AND 108 DEGREES IN NEWARK, NEW JERSEY– DOESN’T WARM AIR COME UP FROM THE SOUTH??”

    THE VERY HOT, DRY AIR OF MID-SUMMERS ARRIVES IN LARGE HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEMS THAT ORIGINATE AT THE EQUATOR, THEN RISE TO NEAR THE TOP OF THE EARTH’S ATMOSPHERE, AND MOVE SLOWLY NORTH MAINTAINING ROUGHLY THE SAME ALTITUDE, UNTIL IT REACHES CERTAIN LATITUDES AND DESCENDS AS VERY DRY AIR — HEATING UP ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE GROUND LEVEL.

    THIS ATMOSPHERIC CIRCULATION IS DRIVEN JUST AS A BELT CONVEYOR. THE EQUATORIAL HEAT, EARTH’S MAXIMUM HOT ZONE, RUNS THE CONVEYOR. ALL RISING AIR THINS OUT, THEREFORE, COOLS–ALL DESCENDING AIR GAINS DENSITY, AND HEATS UP–THIS IS CALLED “ADIABATIC” TEMPERATURE CHANGE–MEANING THE VARIANT PRESSURE OF THE AIR HEATS OR COOLS THE AIR MASS. SIMPLIFIED–”ADIABATIC” MEANS WITHOUT THE POWER OF SUNLIGHT, SHEER PRESSURE CHANGES.

    AMERICA’S DESERT SOUTHWEST IS ONE OF THE GROUND–ZEROS–THAT’S THE PRIMARY REASON THE DESERT SOUTHWEST IS, WELL, DESERT. ALL OF THE WORLD’S DESERTS ARE HEATED AND DRIED AT POINTS WHERE THE RETURNING AIR DESCENDS. SOME TIMES THE HOT HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM MOVES DUE EAST TOWARD THE ATLANTIC COAST– THIS IS THE EVENT THAT MAKE THE VERY HIGH TEMPERATURES LOCATE AND BURN THE SOUTH.

    THE CURRENT HOT HIGHS (THERE HAS BEEN MORE THAN ONE THIS SUMMER), ARE MOVING NORTH–THEN EAST, BLISTERING EVERYTHING IN ITS PATH, ESPECIALLY THE FLAT, LOW ELEVATIONAL CITIES OF THE NORTHEAST. ID EST., THE SAME DAY: NEWARK 108, ATLANTA 94.

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