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A Long, Hot Summer In Store for the West and Northern U.S.

A Long, Hot Summer In Store for the West and Northern U.S.

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer The Weather Channel reported that this summer will be especially hot for the Western and Northern parts of the United States—from the Great Lakes to the Plains and Northwest— through September. Meanwhile, Texas and the Deep South will tend to be less hot than average.  We’ve seen a preview […]

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Heat Wave Sweeps Western U.S. Sparking Fires, Breaking Records

Heat Wave Sweeps Western U.S. Sparking Fires, Breaking Records

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A widespread June heatwave is wreaking havoc in the west, threatening blackouts and the outbreak of wildfires. Regions accustomed to heat are expected to break record temperatures, while Colorado has issued its first-ever excessive heat warning. As a result, millions of people are now under heat advisories in California, Arizona, […]

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Grid Operators Urge Residents to Conserve Power Ahead of Major Heatwave

Grid Operators Urge Residents to Conserve Power Ahead of Major Heatwave

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A record-setting heatwave is brewing across much of the West, threatening to worsen the already dire drought conditions and push electric grids to the brink. California’s power grid operator is urging residents to conserve power in response to the heatwave. The California Independent System Operator is trying to avoid implementing […]

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The Inequity of Extreme Heat Must Be Addressed

The Inequity of Extreme Heat Must Be Addressed

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Climate change is raising temperatures, but it’s not being felt equally. In the U.S., people of color and low-income communities are exposed to higher temperatures and more smog than white residents. Two new studies show this correlation:  A survey of temperatures across 175 of the largest U.S. cities found […]

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2021 Hurricane Season is Here, NOAA Predicts It Will Be “Above Normal”

2021 Hurricane Season is Here, NOAA Predicts It Will Be “Above Normal”

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer This year’s Atlantic hurricane season, which begins June 1 and lasts until Nov. 30, is about to bring a higher-than-average storm formation, just like last year, according to the NOAA. The agency predicted “above normal” hurricane activity, with a 70% probability of 13 to 20 named storms. Six to […]

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Summer Heatwaves and Blackouts Put Millions at Risk of Heat Stroke, Exhaustion

Summer Heatwaves and Blackouts Put Millions at Risk of Heat Stroke, Exhaustion

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Extreme weather and permanent droughts are sweeping across the Western U.S., and with them comes an increasing demand for A/C and power. But cooling buildings through increasingly severe heatwaves takes a significant toll on power grids, and a new study has found that a significant heatwave blackout in three major American cities […]

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