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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.

Architecture Climate, Worst Heat Waves Ever

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.

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Climate Change Design

Sustainable Architecture Climate Change
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Climate Change Design Competition 2020
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UN Climate Change Conference Paris Deal
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