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La. Has Spent $1M So Far to Fight a Cooler Death Row

Experts say it could cost the same or less for AC to protect inmates from dangerous heat

(Newser) - The state of Louisiana's refusal to install air conditioning on death row has already cost taxpayers at least $1,067,000 in expenses fighting a lawsuit filed on behalf of three inmates with medical problems, according to records obtained by the AP . Meanwhile the state could spend roughly the...

Spare a Cool Thought for India After Hottest Day Ever

It hit 123.8 degrees Fahrenheit on Thursday in Rajasthan state

(Newser) - A city in the Indian state of Rajasthan just broke the mercury and recorded the country's highest temperature ever, the Guardian reports. Per a director in the nation's meteorological department, Phalodi reached 123.8 degrees Fahrenheit on Thursday, breaking the previous record of 123.1 degrees set in...

Hottest Month Recorded in 135 Years: Last Month

It beat out the previous hottest month, July 2011

(Newser) - If you lost some water weight in July, you can probably credit the blazing temperatures: Last month was the hottest month the planet has seen since record keeping began in 1880, according to the NOAA. The combined average temperature over land and sea reached 61.86 degrees, 1.46 degrees...

2014 Hottest Year in History
 2014 Hottest Year 
 in History 

2014 Hottest Year in History

That's 38 straight years of above-average temperatures

(Newser) - It's getting to be a familiar storyline of late: We've got a new "hottest year on record" in the books for planet Earth. Both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration agree that 2014 set the mark, though they differ slightly in the specifics—it was...

LA Braces for 'Life-Threatening' Heat

City could see record temperatures: National Weather Service

(Newser) - From tomorrow through Monday, the Los Angeles area is in for stifling heat, the National Weather Service says. "Life-threatening" temperatures could break records as they enter the triple digits, with Antelope Valley facing potential 115-degree heat. Los Angeles County is opening 89 cooling centers, the Los Angeles Times reports,...

It's Not Just You: 2012 Is Hottest Year Yet

But only our 3rd-hottest summer on record

(Newser) - If you've lately found yourself often saying, "Wow, it's really hot!"—you ain't kidding. The National Climatic Data Center reports that 2012 is officially the hottest year on record so far for the US. This summer was only the third-hottest on record, CNN reports,...

Death Valley Gets Record for Hottest Day ... 99 Years Later

Libya's claim thrown out because of unreliable thermometer

(Newser) - California's Death Valley now has the honor of posting the hottest temperature on record, but don't blame climate change—the record-breaker of 134 degrees happened on June 10, 1913. The reason for the belated title? Libya had claimed the hottest day on record since 1992 with a thermometer...

July Was Hottest Month in US History

It trumps all federal records going back to 1895

(Newser) - One more milestone to help remember the scorching weather of July: It is now in the books as the hottest month in US history, reports CNN . The average temperature for the contiguous US came in at 77.6 degrees, which is the highest mark since the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Air Conditioners Aren&#39;t Evil
 Air Conditioners Aren't Evil 

Air Conditioners Aren't Evil

Daniel Engber: So ease up on the 'hipster sanctimony'

(Newser) - Feel a twinge of guilt as you jack up the air conditioning? Daniel Engber at Slate would be happy to absolve you. He's tired of the holier-than-thou attitude of those (he calls them the "brrr-geoisie") who view A/C units as an evil symbol of modern society. They...

More than Half of US in Drought

Conditions meet definition in 56% of continental US

(Newser) - Two stats of note to drive home just how hot it has been and continues to be:
  • Parched earth: Drought conditions now exist in 56% of the continental US, the biggest percentage in the 12 years that records have been kept by the weekly Drought Monitor, reports MSNBC . The heat

More Than 1M Still Without Power

And temperatures are still sweltering

(Newser) - At least 1.4 million people from the Midwest to the mid-Atlantic are not having a very happy Fourth of July … because, four days after violent storms, that's how many homes and businesses are still without power today. And they're starting to get angry, CBS News and...

Heat Wave Smashes 1K+ Records in Week

It's so hot, you can fry bacon on your driveway

(Newser) - The nation is sizzling this week, breaking a whopping 1,015 daily high temperature records in just the seven days ending Tuesday alone. That's significant, considering records typically aren't broken until July or August, the AP reports. And don't get your hopes up for any sort of...

Lawsuits Demand Texas Air-Condition Prisons

Inmates died from heat-related conditions

(Newser) - Imagine being trapped in a small room without air-conditioning in 100-degree heat for days at a time. That's the reality most Texas prisoners face, and now two lawsuits are taking the state to task for it. One was filed yesterday by the wife of one of the four inmates...

Northeast Broiling as Summer Begins

Heat expected to hit triple digits in some areas

(Newser) - Summer started off with a bang in the Northeast yesterday, with temperatures often higher than 90 degrees up and down the East Coast. In some states, the heat index hit as high as 105 degrees, and New York City and parts of New Jersey expect that number to get higher,...

US Has Hottest Spring Ever
 US Has Hottest Spring Ever 

US Has Hottest Spring Ever

It was 5 degrees above average

(Newser) - It's been the hottest spring ever in the contiguous US—by far: The months of March, April, and May clocked in at two degrees warmer than the previous record. With an average temperature of 57.1 degrees, it was five degrees hotter than the average spring. At 64.3...

Hot Weather Leads to 'Yucky' Maple Syrup

And maple trees did not produce nearly as much as usual

(Newser) - The record high temperatures in March resulted in maple syrup that one syrup distributor refers to as simply “yucky,” and total syrup output in the US fell as much as 40%, Reuters reports. "It was kind of a disaster," the company owner says with regard to...

Boston Marathon Kicks Off Amid 'Dangerous' Heat

Runners told they could run next year instead

(Newser) - The Boston Marathon kicked off this morning, despite heat forecasts so high that organizers urged runners to consider sitting the race out. Temperatures are expected to hit 88 degrees by 2pm, which would be a record and drastically higher than normal, according to the Boston Herald . "We had to...

Austin Breaks Cruel Record: 70 Days of 100-Degree Heat

...and there's little relief in sight

(Newser) - This isn't the kind of record that locals are likely to boast of with pride: Austin, Texas, today broke a record set in 1925 for the most days of 100-plus-degree heat. At 2pm a temperature of 100 degrees was recorded, making today the 70th day of triple-degree heat, reports...

July Broke, Tied 2,676 Heat Records

At its worst, heat wave scorched 32 states last month

(Newser) - If you live anywhere in the "eastern two-thirds of the United States," you may have noticed that last month was hot. Really hot. So hot that high temperatures broke or tied 2,676 records, which is nearly twice the number from the same period last year, according to...

Daytime Heat Is Bad; Nighttime Heat Is Deadly

When temps don't cool off at night, it gets truly dangerous

(Newser) - The sun can be brutal during this record heat wave , but it's overnight temperatures that should really worry you, writes Christopher Mims at Grist . In June, Oman recorded the world's highest minimum temperature ever (107.1 degrees), and in many places, minimum night temperatures are rising even faster...

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