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Jul 17 - A Brutal Heat Wave Is Descending on the U.S.—and Blackouts May Ensue


 
 
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Jul 17 - A Brutal Heat Wave Is Descending on the U.S.—and Blackouts May Ensue
 

 
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On Tuesday, two-thirds of the U.S. began burning up, according to forecasters. The scorching temperatures will be with the Midwest and the East Coast until the beginning of next week. And just when people need air conditioning the most, some cities may soon see electricity outages.

Heat watches have been issued, and by Tuesday night, the National Weather Service had 34 million people under heat advisories. For the Eastern region, the former is issued when the heat index value could potentially reach at least 110 degrees, while the latter signals that the heat index value is expected to be between 105 and 109 degrees. The thresholds are slightly lower west of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Temperatures are predicted to continue rising throughout the week, with the Midwest experiencing its hottest temperatures on Friday, and the East seeing the worst of it on Saturday or Sunday. According to the Washington Post, the coupling of high dew points—meaning stifling humidity—and soaring temperatures may result in elevated nighttime temperatures and could make this heat wave particularly dangerous to public health. In Philadelphia, Tuesday was declared a code orange ozone action day, signifying that ozone levels in the environment were dangerous for sensitive groups. Ozone levels can meet the criteria for code orange at any time of the year, but they’re often highest during heat waves, when high pressure and high temperatures result in elevated concentrations of ozone particles. The warning was downgraded by Wednesday but will likely rise back to “code orange” concentrations again by the weekend, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s AirNow monitoring system.


In response, cities have started providing the usual recommendations to residents—drink plenty of water, stay out of the sun, try to spend as much time in the A/C as possible. To make it easier for residents to cool down, Philadelphia and New York are making all public pools free until further notice. New York is also offering spray showers in the park when temperatures reach 80 degrees or higher. In the Midwest, cities like Chicago and Detroit are also buckling down and will likely record their highest temperatures of the summer. The Windy City will offer residents six “cooling centers” located inside community service centers where they can beat the heat.

Mike Clendenin, the spokesman for Consolidated Edison, the company that operates New York’s power grid, told Pix11 news regarding the upcoming heat wave, “We do expect there to be power outages … with any heat wave, you’re going to have power outages. They happen. But our crews are ready to respond to anything.” The company’s statements follow the five-hour outage in Manhattan on Saturday, which was caused by equipment failure and was unrelated to the heat wave.


Systems around the country are bracing for impact, but if you think it seems logical that power outages will provide a brief reprieve for the environment, think again. Carl Pope, senior climate adviser to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, told USA Today that there are “all kinds of inefficiencies and waste” that only multiply during a blackout. For instance, we fall back on diesel generators when electrical grids go out, which magnifies the carbon footprint. Besides that, manufacturing processes that were halted during an outage have to be restarted after the power comes back on, resulting in a lot of wasted product.

The heat wave should end by Sunday, but until then, in some cities, utility companies have backup crews working extra hours to try to keep the lights on.

While a heat wave in the middle of July is not unexpected, events like this could become much more common within the next few years, thanks to climate change. This heat wave comes just a few weeks after a hellish rash of high temperatures in Europe, where air conditioning is much less common


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 1 month ago '10        #2
ClustyMolecules 142 heat pts142
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My buddy is having his annual pig roast on Saturday, it's supposed to be 98 fu*king degrees here in PA. Gonna be one of those 98 but 'feels like 110' kind of deals. I was looking forward to the cookout, now not so much
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 1 month ago '08        #3
AC_89 395 heat pts395
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Gonna be 100 on saturday and sunday in ny
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 1 month ago '11        #4
jayevryday 1 heat pts
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100 down here in the DMV
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 1 month ago '18        #5
Kid Astronaut 11 heat pts11
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Malachi 4
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.

4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.



5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:

6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
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 1 month ago '04        #6
jumpman2304 25 heat pts25
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110 heat index here tomorrow

Minneapolis .
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 1 month ago '04        #7
Fresh Beats 2 heat pts
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 jayevryday said
100 down here in the DMV
I'm watching Lion King tomorrow and then I'm bout to stock up on beer, wine and snacks. It's gonna be a Netflix weekend.
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 1 month ago '11        #8
jayevryday 1 heat pts
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 Fresh Beats said
I'm watching Lion King tomorrow and then I'm bout to stock up on beer, wine and snacks. It's gonna be a Netflix weekend.
Its my moms and big bro bdays this weekend, i know my a*s gon be outside..smh
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 1 month ago '04        #9
Fresh Beats 2 heat pts
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 jayevryday said
Its my moms and big bro bdays this weekend, i know my a*s gon be outside..smh
This humidity and heat will be too much. R.I.P

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 1 month ago '16        #10
Blunted Sultan 7 heat pts
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Pussies
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 1 month ago '05        #11
Tha TC 71 heat pts71
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sh*t I guess I need to enjoy this mild Texas heat. I expect every bit of 115 soon, some nights 87 is the low
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 1 month ago '12        #12
goodkidmadworld 2 heat pts
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 jayevryday said
100 down here in the DMV
Yessir
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 1 month ago '18        #13
Oswaldgatesjr 24 heat pts24
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Good time to lose weight
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 1 month ago '05        #14
Stuart Scott 237 heat pts237
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Stay your a*s inside
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 1 month ago '04        #15
Mumbletaker 71 heat pts71
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Suppose to be 90 degrees at 9pm tonight
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 1 month ago '16        #16
smokeytheblunt2 5 heat pts
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it’s 7am and almost 80 already..........

it’s supposed to be in the upper 90’s all weekend starting today.......
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 1 month ago '04        #17
mt fuji 17 heat pts17
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 AC_89 said
Gonna be 100 on saturday and sunday in ny
Pissed because I was looking forward to getting a break from this Florida heat....

Running right into a NYC heatwave Smmfh
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 1 month ago '10        #18
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 jayevryday said
100 down here in the DMV
n*ggas just got to make it and not melt by Tuesday i feel bad for the homeless
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 1 month ago '10        #19
lboog1423 304 heat pts304
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i knew something has been up. Im in NC and i cant remember any other year where its been 90+ every single day
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 1 month ago '17        #20
one il matt 56 9 heat pts
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But but but climate change isn’t real

But but but it snowed where I live

But but but Obama something Hillary AOC something low unemployment I’m not racists but I know a black person something
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 1 month ago '04        #21
bmack940 7 heat pts
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It’ll be a cool 98 in Texas today
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 1 month ago '14        #22
Yosado 3 heat pts
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 AC_89 said
Gonna be 100 on saturday and sunday in ny
They Don't Understand 100 In NY Is Like Hell
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 1 month ago '16        #23
Wrecks 5 heat pts
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Average Texas weather
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 1 month ago '17        #24
Johnnytusanmi 24 heat pts24
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It's been in the 90's with 85% humidity in New Orleans since May, quit bi*ching.
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 1 month ago '15        #25
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 bmack940 said
It’ll be a cool 98 in Texas today
You consider that "cool"? Well shyt, you got to love that Bay Area weather, partly cloudy with a high of 64. Perfect weather to excercise in and let nature cool your a*s down.

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