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Knowing How Heat and Humidity Affect Your Body Can Help You Stay Safe During Heat Waves

Less than halfway month into North America’s official summer, heat waves are blistering much of the country. Heat waves anywhere in the country are dangerous. Hot desert climates are stressful due to extreme temperatures, while humid subtropical climates are stressful because the body has trouble removing heat when sweat doesn’t evaporate readily. As recent events have shown, hot is hot. Here’s how to be careful.

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Power Outages Across the Plains: Four Questions Answered About Weather-driven Blackouts

The central U.S. has freezes, heat waves, windstorms, droughts and floods. All of these events stress the electric grid, pipeline networks, roads, rail and waterways. Right now in my state of Texas, ERCOT, a nonprofit corporation that manages the power grid for most of the state, is imposing rolling blackouts because demand for electric heating is very high. So is the Southwest Power Pool, which serves customers in 14 states from North Dakota to Oklahoma.

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