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Take advantage of what’s left of the August sun — plan a picnic! All you need is 25 minutes and an appetite.
Meet the father of “manufactured weather.” Oh, right, sorry, you probably know it by another name — air conditioning! Here’s the history of everybody’s favorite invention in the summertime.
Willis Haviland Carrier, an engineer and entrepreneur from western New York, was widely regarded in his day as “the father of air conditioning” — a title he energetically endorsed. At the turn of the 20th century, the Cornell University graduate was a neophyte technician at Buffalo Forge, a manufacturer of fans and heating equipment. One of the firm’s clients — a Brooklyn printing company — had a problem. Ink congealed and pages buckled during sticky summer months. Dispatched to fix it, Carrier realized the culprit was (to coin a phrase) not the heat but the humidity. He installed chemically chilled coils into the cooling system, and lo and behold, they drew moisture out of the air passed over them and dried out the factory’s atmosphere. The year was 1902. Carrier had invented “manufactured weather.”
Record-breaking temperatures have been scorching the U.S. this week, but a bit of relief is in sight.
Temperatures in the triple digits have pounded much of the U.S. in recent weeks. In the seven-day span ending Thursday, 2,491 daily temperature records were broken and 176 all-time high temperatures were recorded across the country…Today will be another scorcher in the East but relief is in sight. Parts of the Dakotas and the Great Lakes could see highs in the 70s and 80s today, a major break from temperatures over 100 degrees.
“For the most part by Sunday it breaks across the Midwest and across most of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic region,” Brian Korte, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, told USA Today.
Think ski resorts are just for the winter? Think again! Every year, winter wonderlands like Whistler and Vail transform themselves for the summer, offering everything from zip-lining to mountain bike riding. Pair that with low-season resort rates and there’s never been a better time to head to the hills.
Summer camp isn’t just for kids anymore! Grab your bug spray and sunscreen, because we picked five awesome adult summer camps with everything from rock climbing adventures to girls-only surfing.
First he met the naked therapist, then he voluntarily got tased. Now, Justin Rocket Silverman is driving cross-country to find the best, the boldest, and the strangest our nation has to offer. Welcome to Rocket Across America, a summer road trip where you sit shotgun. Silverman’s first stop? Firewalking in Ithaca, N.Y.
The heat wave engulfing the Midwest and the Northeast has taken 24 lives so far and is placing a fierce demand on the nation’s power grid, leading to outages and brownouts in parts of New York City yesterday, as millions of households cranked up their air conditioners to counter triple digit temperatures.
How are you staying cool today?