The Western United States experienced a record setting heat wave through Labor Day weekend. According to NPR, temperatures in Nevada and Utah skyrocketed over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Meanwhile, the heatwave pushed the power supply throughout the West to its maximum as air conditioners work frantically to keep people cool. In California, residents were warned about possible rolling power outages to relieve some of the stress from the power grid.
The heatwave led to increased reports of heat related illnesses. As heatwaves become more frequent, as will heat related illnesses. The CDC reports that over there are over 600 deaths in the U.S. due to heat related illnesses. For more information on how to keep yourself and others safe from heat illnesses see CDC guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/index.html.
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For the full NPR story see: https://www.npr.org/2022/09/06/1121403326/california-and-the-west-broil-in-record-setting-heat-wave
By Sierra Tanner