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There are no howling winds, torrents of rain or ear shattering cracks of thunder. In fact, it’s quite the contrary. This deadly weather event is as quiet as a church mouse and as un-interesting as watching paint dry on a wall. The event is a heat wave and on average it causes more deaths in the U.S. than other weather phenomenon.
In 1980 more than 1200 people died in a summer heat wave that throttled the Midwest. In 1995, 700 Americans succumbed to the deadly temperatures and in 2003 when Europe was in the grips of an unrelenting heat wave, more than 50,000 people died.
Heat waves are caused by large stagnating weather systems that become locked in place creating domes of heat that last until they are slowly moved out of place.
In the desert and our Valley, our extreme heat (temperatures 7 to 10 degrees above normal) usually don't last more than 3 to 5 days but can take it’s toll quickly! For example, today it is 106 degrees at 11 a.m. and I am projecting a high of 116 degrees. The all-time high for any day in Las Vegas is 117 degrees. So, it’s important to be prepared.
If you click here, you will find the most informative site I have ever seen regarding heat, including a time-lapse video of how fast a car heats up under the heat of the sun. The video graphically illustrates how your friendly family car can become a death trap in minutes!
Please take the time to at least scan over this very important information regarding how deadly heat can be and how to spot the symptoms of heat related illnesses.
Until next week, please be safe in the heat! Mike
Who's your hero? We know there are a lot of them here in the Valley who are always Making Las Vegas A Better Place To Live. They are sacrificing and doing good for the betterment of our community.
Now the folks who bring us the Justin Timberlake Shriner's Golf Tournament have teamed up with Shift4 - a local company - to find the local man or woman whose dedication and service is above all the rest. Here's the best part... YOU can nominate YOUR personal hero.
Reps from the golf tourney and from Shift4 stopped by Midday last week to talk about this 1st Annual Heroes event.
Nominees must be either active or retired public safety personnel (military, law enforcement, first response or fire & rescue). If you know someone that would qualify, all you have to do is go to www.shift4.com/hero and fill out the nomination form. They will be taking nominations until the end of July.
If your hero is selected by a panel of local judges, he or she will be awarded special honors & given a VIP pass to the Shift4 Safety Appreciation Station at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Open Oct. 3-7, 2012 at TPC Summerlin. That Station rests above the 16th green and offers views of the 17th tee. A great vantage point to watch all the celebs and golf pros in town for a great cause!
We've been talking to locals about our "Be Smart. Be Safe" campaign for quite a while now, and we're ramping it up and taking on a new partner in our quest to make Las Vegas a better place to live.
The safety group Look Out Kids About is teaming up with Action News to add more power to our program. We've even added more to the name! From now on, it's "Be Smart. Be Safe. Be Seen."
We've had quite the response since we started our crusade to makecrosswalk safety a priority in the Las Vegas Valley, and we are making a difference.
The station turned the tables on me recently and I became the person being interviewed instead of asking the questions. I talked about "Be Smart. Be Safe. Be Seen." with Dao Vu and Shawn Tempesta on the "Morning Blend" recently.