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    Simply Sizzlin': Death Valley Hits 128° as Badwater Ultramarathon Draws Near

    fileThink it's been hot in your neighborhood? Take a look at what's been cooking at Death Valley National Park the past few days. Yesterday's high temperature (July 11) at the park's Furnace Creek Visitor Center: 128°F (53°C), the highest temperature recorded in the U.S. in this, the sweltering summer of 2012. That's a day after the mercury hit 126°, on July 10, at the visitor center, which is 190 feet below sea level. Other fun facts about heat to know and tell: • On July 10, 1913, Death Valley ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on July 12, 2012 7:27 PM & Tagged Badwater, Heat, death valley, national parks and ultramarathon | permalink | Comments

    May the Shade be with You: Tips for Keeping Cool on the Fourth of July

    fileWhat America's current heat wave has taught us: Warmth is nice, but heat can plain old wear us out. Heat, the National Weather Service points out, actually ranks No. 1 among causes of weather-related deaths. That's an eye-opener, and with much of the country broiling as the Fourth of July arrives, heat safety tips offered by the NWS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are worth reviewing: • Avoid overexertion. Schedule activity for morning or evening hours. • Seek out shady ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on July 3, 2012 8:46 PM & Tagged Heat, UPF clothing, sun and sunscreen | permalink | Comments

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