Cool trivia for a very hot day
In the grip of a sweltering heat wave, people are finding creative ways to cool off.
July 22nd, 2011
12:14 PM ET

Cool trivia for a very hot day

The heat wave that was smothering the Midwest has moved east and is coupling with a heaping dose of sticky humidity to produce a sauna-like effect along the Atlantic.

Whether you're on the East Coast or just feel bad for the East Coast, cool off with these heat-related stats and factoids, and check back for more throughout the day.

  • Today's forecast high for Augusta, Maine, is 97 degrees, 11 degrees higher than the forecast for Honolulu.
  • Between 2001 and 2010, the average number of fatalities due to extreme heat was 115. In summer 2010, the number was 138. Heat was the largest contributor to the country's 490 weather-related fatalities last year.
  • According to the Mayo Clinic, you can still stay hydrated by drinking coffee - sort of. Contrary to popular belief, new research shows that caffeine's diuretic effects are potent only when it's consumed in large amounts. This means more than four to seven cups. Of course, water is your best bet.
  • When the Motown song "(Love is Like a) Heat Wave" was released in July  1963, temperatures in Detroit didn't top the low 90s. Wednesday, when the Midwest was bearing the brunt of the extreme heat, Detroit's high was 100 degrees.
  • According to NOAA, a car in the sun will heat up to 123 degrees in an hour when the outside temperature is just 80 degrees.
  • It really is rather "hot in Cleveland." Today's high there is 92, significantly hotter than Los Angeles' 76 degrees.
  • Washington's high of 103 degrees will feel like 117 with the humidity. In Calcutta, India, tomorrow's high of 87 degrees will feel like 100.
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  1. stan

    Janet Nopolitano has reported 1 in 3 non mexican illegal immigrants coming into the US is from INDIA. Just a fact for those who say indians arent stealing American jobs.

    July 22, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Trivia for the HOT Summer

    Jesse Jackson has to be laughing: Rupert Murdoch america set Jesse up off camera simply because
    he opposed all the Rupert Murdoch .mil Payola pollicies including the continued demonzation of
    Palestine (those lesser than people) such as Jesse – OFFF CAMERA U.S.A. ...

    Only Rupert Murdoch could turn a U.S. citizen from birth, unlike payola Rupert into a "racist"...
    Because the desperate Orielly factor majority racists of America have a winning game like sports of all sorts.

    Sports make it all "betta"..... everyone loves sports bacause your dont have to think: only wave a sports team flag.
    Like soccor in Tunisia and Egypt > perfect Rupert "bait and switch" for people he and his minions think have only
    the minds of the left behind American child.

    Hey you guys lost that soccor match- time to have some social conflict !!!


    July 22, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rajneesh bogslanni

    INDIA is a smelly place. We dont want to stay there. Lets trade. We move to America. You move to INDIA.

    July 22, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rajneesh bogslanni

    Plus I like hambuggers. In INDIA we are not allowed to eat beef. I bery bery sad.

    July 22, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cindy

    Hey City Boy, Those aren't blinders on that horse. It is a fly mask. It keeps the flies out of their eyes and off their face. They can see very well through it.

    July 22, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Trivia for the HOT Summer

    Reagan is not coming back with jezussss.... and Murdoch and the others are on the run Worldwide.

    Libertarian is a joke like Utopia for the gun happy > does not exist and will not.
    Libertarians dream os a separate nation they hide in from the big federal CHENY govenment that MADE them richer.

    The cowboy thefts of tax pork for more terror, anarchy and international resources is shaky at best:
    Hear the crying souns like right on this page.. booooooo hooooooooo.... who to blame?

    The truly wealthiest of America are laughing out loud.... left behind in the trickle down is the "common" legacy.

    July 22, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. rajneesh bogslanni

    I have dot on my forehead. Its an indian symbol meaning HA HA HA I got your job you dirty american and now you are unemployed. 🙂

    July 22, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • rob

      clearly not an indian. only an american would call it 'a dot on my forehead' and only an american would insult themselves just to get people to hate indian people. your so dumb my brain is going to puke

      July 22, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. what the...?

    Trivia, what the hell are you babbling about? Are you mentally ill? Because your posts are all over the place, and even after careful scrutiny, not one coherent thought was able to shine through...better go put your foil hat back on, because they're going to find you!

    July 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. The 46th Pres

    Running for president and leaving your church of several years,

    That sounds familiar to me.

    July 22, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |

    Uh its hot in this trailer does any one have a cok for me to suc on to occupy my time ? Hit me up and hurry im using a dii-do at this moment and am tired of it "I want the real thing damit"

    July 22, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta

    I love to fuc my female husky DOGGYSTYLE !!.....

    July 22, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Noted Professor

    I am from India and am a noted scholar. In India the weather is very hot. To make things cooler and our electricity bills less expensive many of us live in teeepeeees and wiiggwaaams. To conserve fuel we ride elephants to and from work. We also love stealing american jobs. That is our greatest pleasure. That and coloring dots on our heads.

    July 22, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • beel

      what is your field professor?

      July 22, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Noted Professor

    We also have a diety with many arms and hands. She has all these hands so she can please many of us indian men at one time. She is like your american princess Lindsay Lohan.

    July 22, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • beel

      can she lend me a hand?

      July 22, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    INDIA didn't just get our jobs, they got much of the funds ENRON stole from US. After ENRON was busted stealing over a hundred billion dollars from US, they built a huge NG fired powerplant in India. The powerplant purchases natural gas from The Carlyle Group's holdings in the Caspian Basin. The same man we hired to keep an eye on our "ENRON's" is also a member of The Group and profits even today from the ENRON scam. hint: he used to be president of the USA.

    July 22, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    ...and yes, Bill Clinton was also in on the ENRON scam. And because President Obama, (being fully aware that this group of former politicians is STILL profiting from the ENRON scam) has steadfastly refused to take questions from news reporters concerning this, and has done NOTHING about it, leads one to think he may have been and still is in on the scam. No? You try asking ANY admin. official about this and you'll get the same cold hearted shoulder. They stole grandma's retirement and are laughing at her now.

    July 22, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
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