Crazy from the Heat! Some Hot Facts You Should Know!

Weather Talk

POSTED: Monday, June 2, 2014 - 3:06pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 10:02am

We started a 100º heat wave in the Borderland Saturday, this is just the beginning!

The 100º June heat  has arrived right on schedule! El Paso hit a record 102º Saturday, we were one degree shy of the record with a high of 102º Sunday and El Paso should match or exceed the record high temperatures's for today through Thursday! A Heat Advisory is in effect for El Paso County and the western border areas of Hudspeth County until Midnight Wednesday. Yes we are headed into the hottest month and time of the year here in the Borderland and some of us are already "Crazy from the Heat!" n today’s “Weather Talk “ I thought I would search for and share a few 100º facts about El Paso and some important general facts you should know.

Here are the Record Temperatures for this week;

Monday, June 2nd             102º 2011

Tuesday, June 3rd          102º 1997

Wednesday, June 4th     103º 1990

Thursday, June 5th,         106º 2010

Friday, June  6th,              110º 2010

El Paso averages 15.4 days of 100º or above and from 1981 to 2010 we averaged 20.5 days a year. The hottest temperature ever recorded in El Paso was on June 30th, 1994 a sweltering 114º F (45.5ºC)!  That 1994 summer El Paso saw 62 100º days with a record 23 100º days in a row!  From June 23rd through July 15th of that year! That is too much! To find out more El Paso 100 degree facts check out my “Weather Talk” When Do We Normally Hit 100º in El Paso?

1. The first use of the term “heat wave” for a period of hot weather was in New York in 1892.

2. The World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) definition of a heat wave is when temperatures are over 9ºF (5ºC) above average for five days in a row.

3. The old highest temperature was originally thought to be 136ºF (57.8ºC)  in Libya on September 13 1922. A team of WMO scientists found it to be in accurate. So official highest temperature ever recorded was is the 134°F (56.7°C) recorded at Furnace Creek Ranch, CA, USA [formerly Greenland Ranch] in Death Valley, on October/7th,/1913 That is unbelievably hot!

4. On average, heat waves kill more people than any other natural disaster in the U.S. About 1,000 people a year die in the U.S. from the heat.

5. Your body temperature can rise to 105º if working outside in a heat wave. Death occurs usually when a body temperature reaches 107.6º.

6. On a day that is 93º, the inside of a car can reach 125º in 20 minutes. At 106º, dogs die quickly. I know it goes without saying but do not leave pet or children in the car, at all!

7. People living in urban areas may be at a greater risk from the effects of a prolonged heat wave than people living in rural regions. An increased health problem can occur when stagnant atmospheric conditions trap pollutants in urban areas, thus adding contaminated air to excessively hot temperatures.

8. Sunburn can significantly slow the skin's ability to release excess heat.


10. When the temperature reaches 95ºF our work output drops by 45 per cent and Your loss of accuracy is 700%. This according to a study done by NASA (National Atmospheric and Space Agency).

Men are more susceptible heat problems because they sweat more than women do. Men become dehydrated faster.

12. You will lose weight in the heat, with the loss of water weight and calorie burn. But you’ll gain it back with water and food.

13. The heat stored by roofs, pavement, and concrete structures can raise the night temperature in cities by as much as 22º. This is often referred to as the Urban Heat Island.

14. The flapping of the wings of 1,000 bees generates seven watts of heat.

15. “As cool as a cucumber” is a very true saying!  The inside of a cucumber can be as much as 20ºF (11ºC) cooler than the outside temperature.

16.  The tennis balls at Wimbledon are stored in refrigerated containers at 68ºF, until they are needed.

17. Want to escape the heat? Head to the Mountains and climb up!. The temperature drops 3.5 degrees for every 1,000 feet. The highest point closest to the Borderland is in New Mexico is Wheeler Peak at 13,167 feet (4,013 m). This mountain peak is located northeast of Taos and south of Red River in the northern part of the state, and just 2 miles (3.2 km) miles southeast of the ski slopes of Taos Ski Valley, in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. You do not need to climb a peak, just head to the southern Sacramento Mountains around Cloudcroft at (8,600 feet (2,600 m) or Ruidoso at 6,920 ft (2,051 m). The temperature will be at least 10º to 15º cooler!

I know there are many more heat facts that I have not hit upon. Please email me you come across and I will  add them or mention them in the future. The best advice is to drink more than your normal amount of water and find a cool spot to wait out the late day extreme heat. I have said this before but use O.P.A.C., Other Peoples Air Conditioning, like at the mall, libraries, a restaurant, sports bar or even the airport! We started our 100º trend Saturday and the forecast calls for us to be well above 100º through at least Friday. Hopefully we will mix in a few 90º or even 80º days in between our June "Heat Waves"!

Chuck DeBroder, Chief Meteorologist
KTSM, NewsChannel 9, NBC, El Paso, TX

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