Scott Barrows, director, Golden Prairie Extension District
Eric Klinenberg, author, Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago
2012 is off to the warmest start since at least 1895, when record-keeping began. While the latest heat wave finally broke across much of the U.S., it factored in dozens of deaths and forced many employers to shift workers' schedules. The intense heat also left many farmers and ranchers scrambling.