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Summer Weather / Heat Wave #1002939

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jul 21, 2011
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(Studio: Bob Schieffer) The deadly heat wave introduced; map shown; death toll cited.

(Chicago: Dean Reynolds) The impact of the heat and humidity reviewed; details given about the increase in hospital visits in Chicago, the effect of asphalt in cities and evapotranspiration in rural areas; photos shown. [Meteorologist Mike AUGUSTYNIAK††- says heat waves kill more people than all other weather phenomena combined.] [Northwestern Memorial Hospital Dr. Rahul KHARE††- says we’re getting sicker patients.] [Corn farmer John KIEFNER††- says his plants would be less comfortable if it were hot and dry.]

(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Report introduced.

(New York: Jim Axelrod) The pressure on the power grid due to the heat featured; scenes shown from the Con Ed command center in New York City; map shown of cities with record demands. [Con Ed’s John MIKSAD††- says we plan all year for a day like today.] [Con Ed utility WORKER – says we’re working to minimize anything happening.] The role of the weak economy in power usage noted.

Schieffer, Bob;
Reynolds, Dean;
Axelrod, Jim

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