A corn plant that was struggling to survive this week in a drought-stricken farm field near Shawneetown, Ill.
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July 18, 2012 The designation means many farmers will qualify for emergency loans. By some measures, the drought is the worst the nation's suffered in more than 50 years.
Researchers say that when temperatures rise above 95 degrees, a fan might make you even hotter, and maybe even sick.
July 13, 2012 Researchers say there's no evidence electric fans actually provide relief in a heat wave. So they're calling for more research, even though heat waves are hard to predict and even harder to study once they hit.
When the outside temperature feels like a fever, your medicines are at risk.
July 11, 2012 What happens if you can't store medicines at the recommended temperature? A pharmacist explains why drugs need to be kept cool and dry and what happens if they aren't.
Dancing in the rain: New York City got some relief from the heat as early as Saturday, when this young woman danced in the rain in Times Square.
July 9, 2012 Temperatures fell by 15 degrees or more on Sunday in cities from the midwest to the mid-Atlantic. After more than a week in the low 100s, forecasters say most of the U.S. will be more seasonable in coming days.
John Rohlfing, 38, takes a drink as he works on the construction of his new home Thursday in North Aurora, Ill. He started at 6:00 a.m. and quit at 11:00 a.m. because of triple-digit temperatures.
July 6, 2012 Thousands of communities have sweated through record high temperatures in recent weeks. That's why maps of the nation are covered in red. See where. Actually, it may be easier to see where temperatures haven't been broken.
In Silver Spring, Md., on Monday, Matt MacCartney was one of many workers dismantling fallen trees that took down power lines.
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July 3, 2012 From the Great Lakes through the Mid-Atlantic, there's no relief from the heat in sight. Meanwhile, utility crews are struggling to get power to those who lost it because of the huge damage caused by Friday's severe weather.
Today's forecast. The redder it is, the hotter it will be.
National Weather Service
June 29, 2012 More than 1,000 communities have set high temperature records in recent days. More are expected to as temperatures top 100 degrees across much of the nation.
Dealing with the dog days: This pooch in Manhattan found one way to stay cool Thursday (July 21, 2011).
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July 22, 2011 There's no relief in sight for days, maybe a week, in most of the U.S. From the central states across to the Atlantic, temperatures are dangerously high. How hot is it? Lots of folks have answers.
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July 21, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, what a 21st century American city might look like, and memories of NASA's space shuttle program. In the second hour, the severity of the country's heat wave, and the 150th anniversary of The Battle of Bull Run.
Red means hot.
July 21, 2011 Watch a visualization of how the oppressive temperatures have tracked. So far, at least 22 deaths have been blamed on the heat.
Volunteer John Kelley (left) leads an exercise class at a senior center in Oklahoma on Monday. Centers such as these offer seniors a cool place to go during heat waves.
July 20, 2011 For people who need to escape the heat wave blanketing much of the U.S. this week, some cities are offering the public access to cooling centers. Scorching heat is a deadlier weather risk than freezing cold or even tornadoes.
The 6- to 10-day outlook.
National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center
June 10, 2011 The brutal heat wave should break in most parts of the country over the weekend. Still, the 10-day outlook is for temperatures above normal across much of the nation.
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