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The Worst Heat Waves Ever : Architecture Climate


18 Apr 2012

Architectural Climate

A heat wave is a prolonged period of excessively hot weather, which may be accompanied by high humidity. There is no universal definition of a heat wave; the term is relative to the usual weather in the area and relative to normal temperatures for the season. The term can be applied both to routine weather variations and to extreme spells of heat which may occur only once a century. Severe heat waves have caused catastrophic crop failures, thousands of deaths from hyperthermia, and widespread power outages due to increased use of air conditioning.

The most severe heat wave in the modern history of North America was the 1936 North American heat wave. It occurred in the middle of the Great Depression and Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and caused catastrophic human suffering and an enormous economic toll. The death toll exceeded 5,000, and huge numbers of crops were destroyed by the heat and lack of moisture. Many state and city record high temperatures set during the 1936 heat wave still stand to this day.

The Worst Heat Waves Ever
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Seasonal Architecture : article by Trevor Tucker – 15 Feb 2011
“Do you use the front room much,” I ask a friend the other night, over a glass of wine as our kids rumble away upstairs. Six of us are sitting by a huge hearth in his back room mellowing out as the heat makes its way into our bones. “Well, not much…in the summer we’re there a lot.”

This is how my grandmother used to talk. There were rooms in her house that, come winter, were practically off limits. As the sun and temperatures shifted, so did the way you lived inside the big homestead. This is far from the experience of my urban peers. In their sea of tract housing, one can barely notice all the subtle changes of the changing seasons.

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