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Pat Shingleton: "Anniversaries and The Sweatiest..."

1 year 2 months 2 weeks ago August 08, 2015 Aug 8, 2015 Saturday, August 08 2015 August 08, 2015 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

The National Weather Service predicts that the heat index today will run between 107 and 109 degrees followed by a range of 108 to 110 on Sunday and 110 to 112 on Monday.  A Heat Advisory will be posted from 10:00 AM ON Saturday until 7:00 PM Sunday evening.  Shower activity is virtually non-existent. We've become accustomed to receiving an afternoon shower that will knock the temperature down by 12 degrees. Increased humidity makes the body works harder to cool itself by its own evaporation cooler, better known as sweat.  One of the first signs of dehydration is an elevated body temperature and no sweat.  When wind and cold affect the body during the winter months, the wind chill values are calculated.  During the summer, it’s the Heat Index or the apparent temperature.  Sunstroke, heat cramps and heat exhaustion occur when the index tops 104 degrees. In 2007, deodorant maker, Old Spice named Phoenix, Arizona, as the sweatiest city in America; Las Vegas was number two, Tallahassee, third and Baton Rouge, ninth. This year's list include the tenth sweatiest city as Charlotte, North Carolina. Dallas is ninth  with Los Angeles is in the eighth position. Raleigh is seventh, D.C. sixth, Orlando, fifth, San Diego, fourth, Houston. third and Miami, second. The Sweatiest City for 2015 is Tampa Florida.  Other events on this date include 16 deaths from flooding in Manila in 2012. In 1993 Tropical Storm Bret hit Venezuela with 100 casualties. In 1922, the Pittsburgh Pirates, recorded 46 hits in a double-header against the Phillies and in 2001, the artificial turf at a Phillies game reached 149 degrees as 24 fans were treated for exhaustion.  In 1963 the Kingsmen recorded “Louie-Louie.” In 2007, the strongest tornado since 1889 struck Kings County, N.Y. – a chimney saved one resident from a wall of water. In 2004, lightning struck two teenage boys corralling cattle in Wauneta, NE, knocked unconscious, they survived. Finally, in 1985, baby-boy Michael Shingleton was a day old while outside, Tropical Storm Beryl was 50 miles west of New Orleans, with 40 M.P.H. winds.

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