The Heat Wave Is More Than a Nuisance

High temperatures increase attendance at pools and hike up A/C sales, but 100-plus degree weather has other, deadlier consequences

grand lake algae- AP-body.jpg

The excessive heat promoted a bloom of toxic blue-green algae at Grand Lake in Oklahoma (AP Images)

With the country in the grip of a soaring heat wave, it is not surprising to read reports on people staying indoors, flocking to buy air-conditioners, or discovering the occupational hazards of being a lifeguard. But look beyond the typical stories about triple digit temperatures, and it becomes apparent that the heat wave is more than a mundane nuisance -- it's a serious meteorological event. Here are a few of its wide-reaching impacts.

Presented by

Brian Resnick is a staff correspondent at National Journal and a former producer of The Atlantic's National channel.

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (and Why)

Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well. Bestselling author Mark Bittman teaches James Hamblin the recipe that everyone is Googling.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (and Why)

Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well.

Video

Before Tinder, a Tree

Looking for your soulmate? Write a letter to the "Bridegroom's Oak" in Germany.

Video

The Health Benefits of Going Outside

People spend too much time indoors. One solution: ecotherapy.

Video

Where High Tech Meets the 1950s

Why did Green Bank, West Virginia, ban wireless signals? For science.

Video

Yes, Quidditch Is Real

How J.K. Rowling's magical sport spread from Hogwarts to college campuses

Video

Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

More in National

Just In