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The Worst is Definitely Over! by The Elephant's Child
July 2, 2021, 4:44 pm
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Our heat wave has apparently passed. Thank goodness! Today it’s a balmy 71 degrees, cloudy sky, but more bearable than the heat. Heat’s fine if you can cool off when you need to. “Each day more deaths are being linked to the heat wave. Reporters are trying to get attention with their dire accounts of suffering North-westerners. Seattle tied it’s all-time heat record of 103 degrees.

The city of Seattle sits on hills, supposedly seven of them, between Puget Sound on the West and Lake Washington to the East. I live on the east side of Lake Washington, on a hill, with the smaller Lake Sammamish to the East. and on the other side of that lake, the hills start rising into the Coastal range of mountains., who testify frequently for Congress. MSNBC, unsurprisingly, tries to make our heat wave as the “beginning of a permanent climate emergency”, which is nonsense. Over the past century, 100 years, the earth has warmed by approximately one degree F. Run for the hills! That’s Mt. Rainier in the background of the photo, and Lake Washington.

If you are an adult, you may have noticed that some summers are hotter than others. If you are worried, check in with Dr Roy Spencer PhD, who with Dr John Christy PhD, measures world temperatures for NASA by satellite and weather balloon. They testify frequently to Congress, whose members hear from alarmed constituents back home.

Portland and Vancouver, Canada have also suffered from the heat wave Portland sits at the confluence of two rivers, the big Columbia and the smaller Willamette. Portland has Vancouver Washington just across the river, Vancouver Canada is just across the border.

Keep in mind the simple fact that reporters want to get their stories on the front page, and consequently are looking for whatever is most dramatic. I am looking at an article from Slate, the photo features a young and apparently pretty young lady with tattoos snuggled under a blanket with her two dogs at a cooling center in the Oregon Convention Center on Sunday in Portland. The death toll in Oregon has reached 75, and Washington State authorities have linked 30 deaths to the heat. British Columbia reports at least 486 “sudden and unexpected deaths” between June 25 and Wednesday. Normally they would expect about 165 over a 5 day period. That’s what I can find online today, July 2.

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