Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Hot and Hotter


It's hot. Definitely. No denying that. It is even record-breaking.

However, I like to keep things in perspective, and some of you may have noticed that much of the news in our country is a bit alarmist when it comes to... well, pretty much anything.

Example 1: "Triple Digit Misery" (p.s. doesn't the picture reflect that well?)



Example 2: "Don't Roast your dog"



Example 3: "Sizzling Heat Wave tightens grip"



Example 4: "NYC broils"



This is why I take things with a grain of salt. In the spirit of keeping things in perspective, I decided to research some of the hottest countries in the world in July. Therefore, I decided to compare even DC's record heat today to Kuwait's.



Granted DC is at 23% humidity and Kuwait is only at 7%... However, it is 11pm at night there and 4pm during the day here, and they still beat us by a good 6 degrees.

In fact, if you'll notice, tomorrow it is going to be 122 degrees in Kuwait. How would Fox news describe that? "Hell has reached the earth!", "Doomsday has descended upon us!", "Sell all your goods and flee!"

I am not trying to downplay the dangers of heat... I am still a strong proponent of staying hydrated, avoiding long, outdoor runs and generally doing anything that commonsense would advise against...

However, the response in the news is a little bewildering to me. People live in this kind of weather, certainly for more than 3 days in a row, and still manage to survive.

However, our news describes the situation as: "Misery," "Roasting," "Tightening its grip" and "broiling.

From the sounds of our headlines, we might not make it through.

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