Do you believe in Global Warming yet? We here on the East Coast got that religion yesterday as thermometers slammed in at 102 degrees and we tried to drown our sorrows in bottles of water. Today offers the same boiling forecast.
New York City coped pretty well with the First Day in Hell, but what about today and the next day and the next?
With the temperature reaching 103 degrees in Central Park at 3:11 p.m., breaking the former record high of 101 degrees for the day set in 1999, Con Edison officials braced for the greatest demand for power they had ever had to supply. The long red arrow on the dial projected on a screen in the utility company’s command center in Manhattan hovered at the threshold of uncharted territory — 13,141 megawatts consumed at one time — for most of the afternoon.
The heat broke several records in the Northeast, as Boston, Providence and Philadelphia all saw temperatures in the 100s that eclipsed previous highs. In Philadelphia, a 92-year-old woman was found dead in her home on the second floor. The medical examiner ruled that extreme heat was a factor in her death.
The average temperature for July in the New York City metro area is a balmy 75.3 degrees:
Is 102 degrees the new standard? Or are we only in the crest of a heatwave anomaly?
We live in a big city and, every year, we lose electricity during the summer months at least three times.
We know the system is overloaded and the substructures are burning up — but how can we fix the problem when there’s no money, and no governmental initiative other than coping through the moment — to fix the infrastructure for our long view thriving?
In the meantime, we all teeter together as a teeming city of huddled, and hot, masses yearning to breathe AC.