August 5th, 2010
10:43 AM ET

Holy heat! 19 states baking under heat advisories

Intense heat continued to suffocate the South and other parts of the U.S. on Thursday, where 19 states are under heat advisories - and seven of those also are under excessive heat warnings.

The advisories stretch from Texas to New York City. The heat index, which is what the body perceives the temperature to be, is expected to reach 115° F again Thursday in some locations, with actual temperatures soaring into the triple digits.

A combination of sweltering temperatures and high humidity could cause heat-related illnesses, the National Weather Service said.

National Weather Service: Check advisories in your area

Record high temperatures from Wednesday include:

- Hot Springs, Arkansas: 108 degrees

- Pine Bluff, Arkansas: 107 degrees

- Greenwood, Mississippi: 104 degrees

- Memphis, Tennessee: 104 degrees

The Northeast will have a brief episode of heat Thursday, when some areas could see temperatures 10 degrees above the average for this time of year, but highs are expected to drop back into the upper 80s for the weekend. The extreme heat and humidity could stick around this weekend in the South, however.

iReport: How hot is it it where you live?

The number of suspected heat-related deaths reported by health officials across the South and Midwest in the past week reached at least nine Wednesday as temperatures continued to hit triple digits. Those at greater risk include infants and young children, people 65 or older, and those who are already ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure.

The Chart: Is it too hot for your health?

The health department of Kansas City, Missouri, said Wednesday that the Jackson County medical examiner was investigating the city's fourth suspected heat-related death since Friday. CNN affiliate KSHB reported that a Wichita man died Monday while attending the Van's Warped Tour concert at Sandstone Ampitheater. Authorities haven't said how 26-year-old Curtis A. DeForest died.

KSHB: Tips to cool your house

In Tennessee, Shelby County Medical Examiner Karen E. Chancellor said a 77-year-old man was found dead Tuesday evening in his Memphis home. His death was from natural causes, but heat was a contributing factor. In Bartlett, Tennessee, CNN affiliate WMC reported that a 66-year-old man collapsed in his yard Friday while mowing the lawn. He died from chronic illnesses, but heat exposure was ruled to be a contributing factor.

WMC reported that Memphis has also opened four cooling centers to help people avoid the dangerous heat.

"We're doing it all over the city, going door-to-door to make sure people are aware of resources and that they don't have to be hot," Alvin Benson, director of Fire Services for the city of Memphis, told WMC. "There are cooling centers in the city, and there is air conditioning available."

In Mississippi, a 48-year-old Gulfport man died of heat exposure Monday, according to the county coroner.

The man was working on road construction and "had cramped in the upper extremities," said Jackson County, Mississippi, Coroner Vicki Broadus. "It was his first day on the job as a concrete smoother."

And an 81-year-old Monroe County, Mississippi, woman also died of heat stroke on Saturday, said county Coroner Alan Gurley.

The Alabama Department of Health said one man died of heat exposure last week. No other information was available.

The record heat also contributed to the death of a dog after an Austin man left his pet in his car while he shopped in an electronics store, CNN affiliate KXAN in Austin, Texas, reported. Christopher Richard Schmitt, 25, was charged with cruelty to a nonlivestock animal, a state felony punishable by up to two years in jail, for the death of his 2-year-old Weimaraner.

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  1. steve

    102 in decateur tn

    August 5, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      113 here in Glendale, AZ (just outside Phoenix). It's been like this for weeks. It is only 15% humidity, nice really. I feel for those with high temps AND high humidity.

      August 5, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • asdf

      Yep here in Phoenix it is always retarded hot and this summer has actually been very average. We are used to heat advisory warnings being possible for four months of the year. Still you get used to it after a few years and for many of us it beats shoveling snow and having to wear a coat six months of the year. Many of us love the southwestern desert and would live nowhere else.

      August 5, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. AmericanPeople

    2 years in jail by killing your dog accidentally? Its not a baby. Its a dog.

    August 5, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • bobx

      should be more, 7 years sounds about right.

      August 5, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      You think someone should only get 2 years for killing a baby?? If he forgot about the dog, that is a mistake. If he intentionally left it there, that is negligent.

      August 5, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • eva

      Our pets depend on us to do the right thing for them. If you are callous enough to leave your dog in your car in this kind of heat while you are shopping, then this is well deserved.

      August 5, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Nik

      Agree..AmericanPeople. Some 'lonely' or 'emotional' fools wont agree...but hey..there is so much humanitarian aid they can do and not care so much about a pet. Its an accident, an animal. Fine him $5-10k and give that to some Humanitarian Org!!!

      August 5, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nimish

      Common.. its just a dog.. It was not intentional and this could have happened to you also.. 2 years of jail is not justified at all.. agree with Nik- a fine of 5-10 is enough.

      August 5, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gwen

      It is no accident when you are dumb enough to leave your pet in a car in this tremendous heat. There are
      warnings all over about it. He should be locked in his own car in the heat and stay there 5 years and see
      what his poor pet went through, duh!!!!!!

      August 5, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • KidAwesome

      Hey, Michael Vick is on the boards, awesome! Can you hook me up with Eagles tickets?

      August 5, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shaun

      Do you think you should only get 2 years if you accidently kill a baby? With both a dog or a child it is a responsibility and a life that you chose to care for. So IMO you are still taking a life whether its an acccident or not.

      August 5, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • alisa

      You ignorant non-compassionate idiot.....how dare you make it seem that the life of a dog is so insignificant that punishment is not warranted. This was no accident, it was just more convenient for him to take a gamble that he would be out of the store before his dog dropped dead.

      August 5, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Langor

      2 years for accidentally killing a dog is idiotic

      August 5, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andromedax

      And 4 years for raping 4 year old boy. I guess we came to the point where we trully apreciate dogs more then kids or people

      August 5, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • KECIA

      NO PERSON OR ANIMAL SHOULD BE LEFT IN A CAR TO TRY TO BREATHE IN TH IS HEAT WITH NO AC. DOGS CAN NOT COOL THEMSELVES OFF AS EASILY AS US HUMANS CAN. I THINK THAT IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO TAKE CARE OF THE ANIMAL UNTIL IT'S NATURAL DEATH THE SAME WAY YOU WOULD TAKE CARE OF A MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY THEN YOU HAVE NO BUSINESS TAKING IT FROM IT'S MOTHER! A DOG'S MOTHER DOES NOT PUT HER BABIES IN A CAR TO SUFFOCATE TO DEATH!!! YOU SIR SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOUR COLD HEART!!! ANIMAL ABUSE IN ANY FORM SIR IS WRONG PERIOD ! HAVE A BLESSED DAY!

      August 5, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lynn

      Anyone who leaves ANYONE (human or animal) in a car in the winter or summer should get jail time. If the person or persons leave a dog in a hot car, it's not a big leap to leaving a baby or an elderly person in a hot car.

      August 5, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • CJ

      If he's stupid enough to leave his dog in the car on a hot day, than we should get him off the streets for a couple of years before he hurts someone else.

      August 5, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paula Hurst

      It most certainly IS your baby. My cat is my baby. I would never leave her in a hot car, much less leave a baby or an adult in there. Furthermore, anytime I see a dog or cat locked in a car on a hot day, I call the police and report it or go tearing in the store to find the idiot that left it in there. Two years is not way long enough.

      August 5, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • justice

      We eat pigs, cows, chickens – also happen to be animals everyday. Should we all go to jail. Some people pet these too. Equality for animals. Dogs should not be treated any differently than other animals we eat.

      August 5, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Mooseter

      Dog > Child. Life for Dog, Counseling for Children.

      August 5, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamie

      agreed. It 's a f-ing dog.

      August 5, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOB

      It's a MAXIMUM of two years. Sheesh.

      August 5, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grok

      If it had been a truck driver there would have been no crime committed.

      August 5, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      Yep...that's right! It was a dog! A life... and NO different than that of a baby, helpless to defend itself. You are obviously a nut case and Michael Vick lover. Someone should lock you in a hot car... at least you deserve it.

      August 5, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dino

      That dog is a dog human - just like us.

      August 5, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • LawrenceinPHX

      You should be ordered to sit in a car for 20 minutes with the windows up on a hot day just for that asinine comment.

      August 5, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • jaysommersby@yahoo.com

      RIGHT ON! in TEXAS, everyone knows you simply don't leave any human or animal in the scorching sun. NOT EVEN FOR A SINGLE, SOLITARY 60 seconds without shade and AC. This was on purpose. Maybe not the death, but the intent of leaving an animal trapped in a heated vehicle. Death by heat. Sound good to you??? THIS IS THE SOUTH BABY!!

      August 5, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenny

      Sadly, I've heard of people getting less than 2 years for killing their child 😦

      August 5, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ash

      Have you ever heard an animal cry? They have feelings and life sucks for them more than for people b/c we domesticated them and since they cannot not speak we think they cannot feel. Yes, I believe he needs more time than 2 years b/c when he adopted/bought that animal he chose to care for and protect the dog. How little humans have taken responsibility for their own actions, must the innocent always pay. Maybe he should have to do community service (after he gets out of jail) in an animal shelter and see how cruel humans can be and see the pain in animals eyes.

      August 5, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Krista

      It's doubtful he'll get two years at sentencing, but this law also covers people who torture animals to death and yeah, that certainly should require two years (at least!) I don't want someone like that out on the streets.

      August 5, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rene

      Totally agree!! Parents who leave their kids in their cars aren't punished that severely. Animal rights crazies must have made that law.

      August 5, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • NEM

      Shame on you

      August 5, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • NEM

      How can you call yourself AmericanPeople with a mind like yours. Dogs are just as wonderful as babies. You ought to think about things before you say them

      August 5, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • May

      Look, it's a dog okay. People make mistakes, you don't think he already feels bad enough? He can 'adopt' another one, although I hate to use the word 'adopt' as it implies a relationship like we have with our children. Sorry folks, you dilude yourself when you 'think' a dog or cat is like a child - ain't so.

      August 5, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      Some people seriously go overboard with their animal love. Don't listen to them AmericanPeople. 2 years for what happened in this case is ridiculously long.

      August 5, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • boyslayer

      its a dog...not a human baby. ppl go way overboard with animal love. they are here for our amusement.

      August 6, 2010 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Dogs are better than people.

      August 6, 2010 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  3. TLC

    Dogs feel pain too. Just try sitting in the car with a coat on for 15 minutes with the windows cracked.

    August 5, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • justice

      I believe you are a vegetarian

      August 5, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      I'm not a vegetarian, but leaving your dog in the car *ever* is a bad idea, and deliberate abuse of a living creature, especially one that is a pet, is a sign of psychopathy.

      August 5, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nicole

    Send some heat over to San Diego. We've had such a cool summer. 😦

    August 5, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      Careful what you wish for. I'd much rather don a jacket than be forced to stay inside with the AC running.

      August 5, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dulcie

      yes, it has been the coolest in 77 years. however, I have enjoyed this weather and not paying for the AC all summer. I am sure we will have a hot Fall or next summer will be a hot one.

      August 5, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ouch!!

      "Right it's just summer" no concept of the word "record"? We have summer every year, never like this. Every year we set new records all over the world. THe climate is getting hotter and everyone can see that. I think the ground will burst into flames and these denier idiots will still be refusing to admit they were wrong. Every year we get more evidence and you people look dumber by the minute!

      Um...I saw some people in here talking about global warming in here...So what I have to say is that the earth all its life has gone through changes! Some of the biggest tropical forest's have turned into deserts through earths life! And some of the biggest deserts were once covered in ice! So...i suggest that you stop worrying yourselves with the global earth warming crap...and go hug on some trees!

      August 6, 2010 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. RDMC

    It's 100+ in Vegas everyday nobody dies here, no global warming issues, it's just the summer and the earth is tilted more toward the equator..that's all no more or less.

    August 5, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Of course it is different in Vegas or anywhere in the midwest.....that is because there is little to no HUMIDITY!! Go on and move to south Texas and see if you fair as well in the summer. I doubt it. Totally different kind of heat.

      August 5, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Nik

      Its just that "SOME" part of our GREAT nation already feels like 3rd WORLD COUNTRY. Sad..that "some" is growing faster....

      August 5, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skee Hee

      Yeah it's over 105 for the last week here too. BUT YOU WIMPS IN VEGAS HAVE NEVER SEEN 50% HUMIDITY WITH THOSE TEMPS!!!!!

      August 5, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJJ

      Uh excuse me, in Vegas there is not much humidity if any at all. You have a dry arid climate. In the south, where I am it is much more tropical with the high moisture content in the air. Plus you are elevated and we are at sea level. Humidity makes it hotter. Ever sat in a sauna or steam room for a few minutes? Well when it is hot here it feels that way 24/7 for days and days. Give me a break!

      August 5, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoOneDiesInVegas

      I laughed that no one dies in Vegas :p. Is that bad?

      August 5, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      There is a BIG difference between east coast and west coast heat. The humidity will take you down over here.

      August 5, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • John C

      "Right it's just summer" no concept of the word "record"? We have summer every year, never like this. Every year we set new records all over the world. THe climate is getting hotter and everyone can see that. I think the ground will burst into flames and these denier idiots will still be refusing to admit they were wrong. Every year we get more evidence and you people look dumber by the minute!

      August 5, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debra

      and vegas has NO humidity right?

      August 5, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • missadr

      Yeah Vegas has no idea what heat is. I'm in Georgia. It's 103 degrees in the shade with 50% humidity. I hear that florida is even worse. Feels like I'm trying to breathe under water. Absolutely suffocating.

      August 5, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • 50% Humidity??

      Why is everyone comparing Vegas's 3% humidity to 50%?? I've been boiling in 97 degree temps, plenty of sunshine, heat indexes of 108-110 every day. My humidity? Goes from 98% in the morning down to about 78% in the evening. FL is HOT HOT HOT.

      August 5, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • RW

      Agreed – here in Nashville our humidity is anywhere from 60-95%, yes 95% ... if you want to know what that feels like (those from the south do) then go sit in a steam room...try to breathe...try to sweat and cool off...

      Not bashing people from the west or arid climates, just giving you an insight...from the second you walk out the door you and any other object immediately starts sweating from the moisture in the air sticking to it...you feel like you are sucking air through a cotton filled straw when trying to breathe...

      I lived in Phoenix, AZ for a little over a year, and 120 degree dry heat was more tolerable than 95 degree heat with 80% humidity...I can remember during monsoon season when it stormed one night...the next morning it was about 80 degrees with around 30% humidity...everyone there was complaining about how miserable it was...now add about 15 degrees of heat, and another 50% humidity...THAT is uncomfortable...to me that morning felt like an early spring day 🙂

      August 5, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lane

      Vegas is dry desert heat. The south has the heat mixed with awful, very thick humidity. Its very hard to breathe outside when its like it is here in Alabama today. .

      August 5, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • supernik87

      I would love to be in the desert right now! Here in Durham, NC it is a cool 93, but with 59% humidity so the current heat index is 108, still cool compared to the 112 heat index a couple weeks ago, but also still absolutely rediculous. It feels like a tropical rainforest here, you can hardly breathe.

      August 5, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • T

      This is sad, but true ...
      -
      "Right it's just summer" no concept of the word "record"? We have summer every year, never like this. Every year we set new records all over the world. THe climate is getting hotter and everyone can see that. I think the ground will burst into flames and these denier idiots will still be refusing to admit they were wrong. Every year we get more evidence and you people look dumber by the minute!
      -
      They don't understand the difference betwween a data point and a trend line. The evidence on the trend line is much more telling and much more terrifying.

      August 5, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linkage

      Actually the Earth doesn't tilt more towards the equator at any time, the equator is just the central band around the Earth, on our axis we can't tilt towards it.
      And in the summer our hemisphere is actually pointed further AWAY from the sun. The reason it is hotter is because the sun's rays cover more land area for a longer period of time, while the part of the Earth closer to the sun has a smaller area subject to the Sun's rays.

      August 5, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Yes, summer is hot.

      Record-breaking heat is a pretty clear indicator of climate change though.

      August 5, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Terri

    Someone buys a $600 dog and makes it suffer such a horrible death? I have 2 dogs. 1 that came from the pound and the other was given to us. Not only do we provide them with their own pool to cool off in or play, but when the temps here in SC hit 85 or so...I bring them in. If we are going to be gone, we have provided them a good shaded area where they will be comfy. It doesn't cost a fortune to take care of animals in this heat. But it seems that some humans can't comprehend that a pet is just like a child. Leave a child in a vehicle...in this heat...it will die. Animals will too...

    August 5, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Nik

      Would you adopt some "poor HUMAN" and treat them like that? I DOUBT. I hope you DO.

      August 5, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • justice

      Help your own species first then move to others. You can also stop eating animals if you like to do a favor.

      August 5, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Krista

      @justice It's so ridiculous when people come back with "help your own species first". You have no idea who you're talking to. Heck, that person could be another Mother Theresa for all you know. But the fact is that people do choose their causes, and human beings have it good in this country compared to the helpless animals. Yes, I help people, but that doesn't mean I can't help animals too. How stupid is that to think there's a limit on how much a person can or Should care.

      August 5, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gpl2032

    I have lived in Southern CA for over 30 years, and man this is the coolest summer i could ever remember. I swear the whole month of july was between 65' low – 80' high, thats it.

    August 5, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • noam

      i was in the grocery with all the tabloids lined up late last night. all the celebs on the cover were bundled up with scarves and jackets. meanwhile, it was past midnight, and the temp. was at 102 still. ugh. so ready for autumn!

      August 5, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gwen

      Your are definitely nuts. It has been up to 166 all month except at the beach, duh!!!!!

      August 5, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • jtwillis

      That is wild. What are the temps normally? Last year, here in North MS, we had a very cool summer. It never got over 90 in July or August, but there were 20 straight days of rain. This years heat is the worst that I can remember though. I used to work construction during the summers so I can handle heat, but I can barely stand to be out in my yard for 10 minutes this year. I would hate to be back on a football field right now.

      August 5, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daylen

      Why can't people see what's going on? Weird and extreme weather all over the country. WAKE UP people, it's global warming/climate change. We need to do something about this before it's too late.

      August 5, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Krista

      @Daylen I fear it's already too late. But we can stop things from getting cataclysmic-ally worse... we're just going to have to live with what we've already caused (and it will get worse before it gets better) for a century or two.

      August 5, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martin

      I heard it was chilliy in SoCal this year. Have a friend down there who tells me that pretty much every night she has to wear a sweater this year, and sometimes during the day too.

      Here in Southern BC we've been hitting mid – high 90's and occassionally over 100 for some time this year already.

      August 5, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJP

      Completely agree. Very mild summer here in Pasadena (80-85) with cool evenings. And its August.

      August 6, 2010 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
  8. AngelK9

    Poor dog – poor stupid man.. hope he gets the full amount of time behind bars and plenty of time to think about how stupid he was.. we can only hope he uses this horrible event to educate others, and sadly, there are plenty of 'them". Take care of your pets and kids and old folks.. step out of your comfort zone and make a difference people today!

    August 5, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. Nik

    2 yr for Dog! Its simple...Do Not Have a Pet. Get social with neighbor, freinds n families. Don't waste $ on a DOG/CAT. Help HUMAN dying in Africa n few 3rd world countries. Treat a dog n cat like their kid...why not same for every damn animal on earth? Give them their freedom in woods and they will survive HAPPILY, just like bear n deers n so on.

    PS: Bush Jr and Sr left so many Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan, should we punished them 'x' number of years????

    August 5, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Should we punish them? LOL. You bet we should.

      August 5, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lady Kelli

      Nik- What's all this hatred for dogs? Did one bite you in the @ss when you were a kid or something?

      While reading your comments, which took awhile due to your horribly poor grammar and sentence structure, I noticed you think that people who have domestic animals are wasting their money. It seems you think we should kick out our pets, and use the saved money to help people charities? I'm sure you live a saintly life which includes no unnecessary spending (No dates, no movies, no restaurants, no FUN) so you can donate to charities. Shall we call you Saint Nik?
      I'm not buying any of your "humanitarian" crap . I'll donate my money to whatever ANIMAL charity I want, (and laugh at you while I do it). I don't want to "Get social with neighbor" (LOL) or "donate to Africa". Go back to school, write like you have more than three brain cells, and maybe I'd consider your argument (If you had one). PEACE!

      August 5, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • ja

      Nik, you sound so moronic it's probably a waste of time to say ANYTHING to someone like you, but if you were to take your head out of your rear end for just a few minutes each day, your brain would be able to get some oxygen and maybe, just maybe, you wouldn't sound like an insensitive nitwit. I'm so glad I don't know you personally because I'd probably telling you to f-off every time you opened your mouth to speak.

      August 5, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lynn

      I would rather spend time with my dog than with some people. Dogs (pets) are completely dependent on people. I find that people with pets, dogs especially, tend to be much more humane in general...more caring, giving, loving...except for those that are abusive, of course. Give me a pet owner any day over someone like yourself.

      August 5, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. becky

    here in Louisiana we have had mid to upper 90s heat for more than a week with very hugh humidity.i have a toy fox terrier with short hair and I let him out long enough to do his duty and bring him in immediately after he is finished.Even at night with the heat and humidity he is brought in after a brief outing.I just can't imagine anyone leaving their pet in a hot car while shopping.Pets are not any different than humans when it comes to the intense heat.

    August 5, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Denizen Kate

    I'm in Silicon Valley, and this morning I had to wear long pants with shoes and socks and a sweater. Isn't it August? Usually this time of year I wear capris and tee shirts with sandals on my feet. Still, better a sweater than the extreme heat and humidity out East. I lived in NYC for 10 years, and I dreaded summer every year. It's oppressive. I feel for y'all.

    August 5, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Global climate change will have winners and losers. Some places will have nicer climates, others will have terrible climates.

      August 5, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. slumjelly

    103* in Huntsville Al. on Tuesday

    August 5, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. whatnext

    19 states warned about dangerous heat – I'm sure some people are filing complaints against god for unfair treatment.

    August 5, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. slumjelly

    With a heat index of 115*

    August 5, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. lolita

    it is 105 in las vegas today, and we feel fine. maybe yall should move to las vegas.

    August 5, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jin

      13% humidity in Vegas. Central alabama we're at 58% at lunchtime.

      August 5, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
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