WBEZ | high temperatures http://www.wbez.org/tags/high-temperatures Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Making sense out of a strange winter http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-07/making-sense-out-strange-winter-96174 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2012-February/2012-02-07/weather3.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago is having its warmest winter in 80 years, according to <em>The Sun-Times</em>. Meanwhile, Mexico is mired in drought. Europe is experiencing bone-chilling cold in places where snow doesn't usually even fall. In Ukraine alone, an estimated 122 people are reported dead from hypthermia and frostbite.</p><p>Today, <em>Worldview</em> tries to make some sense out of this year's anomalous weather around the world with <a href="http://www.climatecentral.org/about/people-bio/heidi_cullen" target="_blank">Heidi Cullen</a>. Heidi's a climatologist with the think tank <a href="http://www.climatecentral.org/" target="_blank">Climate Central</a> and the author of <a href="http://www.harpercollins.com/browseinside/index.aspx?isbn13=9780061726880" target="_blank"><em>The Weather of the Future</em></a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Heidi Cullen is giving <a href="http://public.elmhurst.edu/news/archive/137126173.html" target="_blank">a talk</a> on "The Future of Weather" at Elmhurst College on Thursday, March 1 at 7PM.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left: 1in;">&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 16:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-07/making-sense-out-strange-winter-96174 Heat wave now blamed for 12 Chicago-area deaths http://www.wbez.org/story/heat-wave-now-blamed-12-chicago-area-deaths-89622 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-25/AP110720032892.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The recent heat wave in the Chicago area has now claimed 12 lives.</p><p>Autopsy reports released Monday by the Cook County medical examiner's office show heat stress was a secondary factor in the death of a 78-year-old woman. The primary cause of her death was heart disease.</p><p>Prior to Monday the death toll was 11. Authorities say most people killed by the heat have pre-existing conditions that are made worse by high temperatures. The last similar heat wave in the region in 1995 resulted in more than 750 deaths over a five-day period.</p><p>The Chicago area has since developed a heat response plan that includes more cooling centers and well-being checks to the elderly.</p><p>The National Weather Service is predicting highs in the upper 80s for Tuesday.</p></p> Mon, 25 Jul 2011 21:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/heat-wave-now-blamed-12-chicago-area-deaths-89622 Chicago braces for extreme heat http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-20/chicago-braces-extreme-heat-89392 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-20/5814650331_55dd8c887e_b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Over the past couple of weeks, Chicago endured plenty of sweltering days. Many Chicagoans count on air conditioning at work to offer a small reprieve. But what about those who pay their electricity bills by working outside?<em> Eight Forty-Eight</em> asked people who work outside how they beat the heat on the job.</p><p>Then <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> revisited a conversation with Eric Klinenberg, author of<em><a href="http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/H/bo3641018.html" target="_blank"> Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago</a></em>, examining the 1995 Chicago heat wave, when tempuratures soared to 106 and left over 700 people dead. The book conducts a "social autopsy," to examine how and why so many died in the city.</p><p><em>Music Button: The Mercury Program, "Egypt" from the release A Data Learn the Language (Tiger Style)</em></p></p> Wed, 20 Jul 2011 13:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-20/chicago-braces-extreme-heat-89392 Dangerous heat wave starts this weekend http://www.wbez.org/story/dangerous-heat-wave-starts-weekend-89228 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-01/Homer&#039;s.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It's going to be a scorcher outside this weekend through Thursday. Temperatures will be in the 90s but the heat index will make it feel more like 100 plus degrees.</p><p>Dr. Bechara Choucair is the commissioner for the Chicago Department of Public Health. At a press conference Friday afternoon he said extreme heat and humidity are more than an inconvenience - "they are dangerous and can be deadly."</p><p>He cautioned Chicagoans to stay hydrated, stay indoors with air conditioning, and be sure to check on neighbors and the elderly. If you have to venture outside, loose-fitting, lightly colored clothing is recommended as well as wearing sunsreen and a hat with a brim.</p><p>Chicagoans who don't have air conditioning are encouraged to head to cooling centers, libraries, city park facilities or even police stations. If hanging out at the police station doesn't sound fun, cooler options include movie theaters and shopping centers.</p><p>Commonwealth Edison is keeping extra crews around for heat-related power outages. As of Friday afternoon, 30,000 Chicago area residents are still without power after Monday's storm. A ComEd spokesman said power should be restored to those residents by Friday evening.</p><p>For residents who wish to receive alerts from Chicago's <span class="st">Office of Emergency Management and Communications, visit <a href="http://www.alertchicago.com%20">www.alertchicago.com </a>and click on the "Notify Chicago" link. </span></p></p> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 20:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/dangerous-heat-wave-starts-weekend-89228