Originally Posted by UUMom
I am going to keep checking, because I now wonder if more people in the north die heat-related dates over those folks in Southern states. That's an interesting thought.
I know that a few years back, there was a massive heat wave that hit most of the country - Illinois to NY and down through the south were in the high 90s/low 100s, with high humidity, so the "misery factor" was around 110-120 (i.e. the temperature it feels like).
One thing I remember is that in Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana, PA, NY, there were scores of deaths related to the temperature - mainly old people whose A/Cs had died, people who got heatstroke working in the sun, little kids in hot cars, etc.
I remember that they did not report any deaths in MD, VA, and down south. I think this is because we are all used to those temperatures and know how to deal with them.
It all comes down to what people are used to. I saw this first hand around here two years ago when we had two big snow storms in a row, and then a smaller (but not inconsiderable) storm a few weeks later.
Normally, DC metro area people freak with snow, canceling school, closing the government, buying all the milk and toilet paper off the supermarket shelves, etc. But by the time of the third storm, nothing closed. There were fewer accidents, even. No one rushed out to by TP and milk. It was odd - suddenly we were used to snow.
It all reset the following year, of course... ; )