Summer 2011 Heat Wave

Extreme heat was felt across the United States in the summer of 2011, breaking and setting new records for daytime and evening temperatures. A heat wave is a natural disaster, a “silent killer” for people that are caught unprepared. The impact is being felt beyond humans, and will be felt beyond 2011.

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Questions for Classroom Discussion

  • Define heat wave.
  • Why does a heat wave occur? Where geographically can a heat wave occur?
  • How do heat waves impact humans?
  • How do heat waves impact the environment?
  • Why should scientists study heat waves?
  • Will we experience more heat waves in the future? Explain.

Compiled July 23, 2011, by L.A. Guertin

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