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.
Articles to Share with Students
- Heat: The “Most Dangerous Natural Disaster” - NPR
- Massive Heat Wave Could Cause Corn Prices to Pop – NPR
- Heat Waves and Extremely High Temperatures could be Commonplace in the U.S. by 2039, Stanford Study Finds
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