Yep, it was the 1995 heatwave that shocked people with so many deaths in the modern era. Must be a lot fewer folks (elderly) had/have air conditioning than you would think. Or, like my dad (RIP dad), too cheap to run it. Idk what other reason there would be for so many to die of exposure in this day and age? Hopefully, folks are taking it more seriously than they did 23 yrs ago.
Last night got down to 51F not long after mid-night so it was perfect sleeping wx. Still cutting grass 2.5 times per week is getting a bit annoying tbh but you won't see it any greener in June than it is right now across SWMI.
Lack of A/C and people not wanting to open windows due to fear of crime.
People around Chicago and other weatherwise people know about that heat wave, but it is really one of the overlooked weather related tragedies in this country.
The heat index peaked near 125F at Midway, which is just absurd. Sometimes you see that in rural areas where excessive evapotranspiration elevates the dewpoints and results in ridiculous heat indices, but to get that kind of value in one of the largest/most densely populated cities in the country is another thing. Also, if you roll forward to the following day on the link below, you see the heat index never dropped below 95 on the 14th. Cumulative impact with lack of sufficient cooling at night caused the death rate to accelerate as time went on.https://www.wundergr...reqdb.wmo=99999
The 1999 heat wave, just slightly less intense than 1995, killed about 100 people IIRC. The city is a lot better prepared nowadays, and the upcoming heat wave won't be as hot. Any deaths suck and hopefully there are very few.