On the same day the Weather Service issued snow advisories and warned of approaching frigid air in many U.S. areas, the White House --- still strong on climate change --- issued a report that “extreme heat can be expected to cause an increase in the number of premature deaths,” noted Grumpy Editor.
The report was released when travelers in southern Oregon were amazed to see a blanket of snow in early April while record cold temperature readings were set in some Northeast and Great Lakes cities.
New York City had an unusual mix of rain and snow over the weekend.
During the week, the temperature dipped below or close to zero near the Canadian border in northern Michigan, northern New York and northern Maine.
Some examples: Marquette, Mich. recorded seven degrees below zero, Concord, N.H. hit four degrees (an all-time record low for April) and Syracuse, N.Y. reached nine degrees.
Among record lows last Wednesday in other areas: Providence, R.I., 18 degrees; Baltimore, Md., 24; Lynchburg, Va., 25 and, yes, Washington, D.C., 24.
Despite this, the administration reminded, “From children to the elderly, every American is vulnerable to the health impacts associated with climate change, now and in the future.”
It predicted extreme temperatures linked to climate change in the U.S. could cause an additional 11,000 heat-related deaths in summer, 2030.
Mark your calendar for May 23 to 27. The administration designated that period --- three weeks before the summer season arrives --- as “extreme heat week.”
During that period, look for a round of TV, radio and print reports on “preparedness to extreme heat events.”
That should be of special interest to visitors to Las Vegas, for example, where summer temperatures often reach 110 degrees --- and beyond.
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