The worst heat waves in the U.S. in recent history

Every year, heat waves take their toll. Hundreds of people in the United States die from heat-related illnesses, the electrical grid is taxed and sometimes fails, and damage to infrastructure — such as buckling pavement — occurs. (People in China are experiencing such intense heat they’re looking for any means of relief.) A new study predicts that heat waves will double by 2020 and quadruple by 2040. Here are some of the worst heat waves the U.S. has experienced over the past 25 years.

Text by Kris Collingridge | Photo editing by Connie Ricca

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Oct 2, 2013 10:04PM
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Man has had almost zero effect on any Earth Changes.  So says Mr know it all.  He goes on to say:There has been thousands of plant and animal extinctions in areas that man had not set foot on. Wow! What a statement .  Based on what?  In his own words:     "areas that man had not set foot on" So Mr. smarts IF man has not set foot there how can you say: "There has been thousands of plant and animal extinctions in these areas?
bob
Sep 30, 2013 7:24AM
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They did the research, and found that humans do affect our climate. In fact after years of study they know now that the serious droughts in Africa are caused by small particles of pollution in the air. You see....111banchee ( head in the sand), I will speak clearly...each raindrop has a small particle of dust in it. That is what makes it eventually drop. But we humans,  make a lot of pollution.  Pollution particles are larger. So when this pollution, which does not go away....it just travels to another place, traveles across the Atlantic Ocean, those raindrops that normally drop on Africa, are now filled with particles of pollution. This makes them too heavy for the rest of the trip and the rains that Africa was getting for years now drops smack in the Altantic ocean. We tiny humans are doing huge damage to our earth and we are on our way to polluting space......not a conspiracy, a fact.
Sep 16, 2013 1:46AM
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 "recent" History? What no fantasy tree rings to make up a nice chicken little story to entertain the mindless zombie freaks? Come on morons wake up and leave the nazi farm.
Aug 31, 2013 3:31PM
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Oh, so Geologists are the only experts? Man has had almost zero effect on any Earth Changes. There has been thousands of plant and animal extinctions in areas that man had not set foot on.Many climate changes when the earth was sparsley populated. Lets call climate change experts what they really are.Social Zelots . 
Aug 30, 2013 7:49PM
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All I know is I love watching & talking about the weather.

To have been born in such interesting times...not so sure if it is a curse or a great learning experience.

Aug 30, 2013 5:41PM
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i find it hard to feel bad for someone complaining that "its 106 for three whole days". still it must be difficult when your used to only getting to 80degrees.
Aug 20, 2013 7:20AM
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i remember the 2011 heat wave cause in mexico and it was hotter in newyork
Aug 19, 2013 12:56AM
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people not to worry the social upheaval coming up soon will eliminate the need to worry about the ice age since we wont be here.
Aug 19, 2013 12:30AM
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wow, facts shut this site down.  booya
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