124 degrees and Death

One of the most appropriately named places on Earth. A good place to understand what is meant by: "staying hydrated".

Death Valley is full of tourists enjoying the summer heat, sort of. 124 degrees of it is expected on Tuesday.:ohmy:

"Death Valley, United States
Death Valley is a famously hot and dry place. On July 10, 1913, the highest air temperature directly recorded of 134 degrees Fahrenheit was here, according to the National Park Service. Located in the Mojave desert, Death Valley is also the driest place in North America."

It seems that empirical data from 1913 suggest lower highs which might be suggestive of the return of an ice age.

Although medical experts in the US advise against vigorous outdoor activity at these temperatures that is not the case elsewhere .

One can see people training for marathons in Djibouti routinely where temperatures are extremely high.

If I recall correctly there is an event in Death Valley (July?) to test endurance and speed and be a contender for the coveted Darwin Award.

For most people visiting Death Valley on a 120+degree summers day, getting out of their air conditioned car and making the the 2 minute walk to the visitor's center is the endurance feat of their lives. For others. a wee bit more is necessary.

Always hot there. Well not 124 hot. Tourists drive through to las vegas.

"The heat wave was already affecting travel in Phoenix, American Airlines canceled 43 flights Tuesday to and from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport due to extreme heat, the airline said."

Smaller regional jets cannot take off in temperatures above 117 Fahrenheit.

Where is the Infrastructure Plan when we need it?

If this too hot to take off thing becomes more frequent, we may have to figure out a way to air condition the air around our airports. But as professor Lovelock has mentioned, it is relatively easy to air condition a city compared to an entire planet. An investment in Camel stocks today may pay off big down the road.

James Lovelock: we should give up on saving the planet – video | Environment | The Guardian

What a considerate boss. Who would of thunk that it's not that unpleasant or unsafe doing construction work in 118' heat. "Project superintendent Tommy Russell says his company has held weekly safety meetings to prepare for the heat, and he will send his workers home if it hits 120."


Death - problem solved...

Americans have just become soft and want to live the life of the "Affluent Society" Galbraith described decades ago.

Do we really think the covered wagons would have ever made it out West if they had been loaded down with OSHA inspectors, trial lawyers, and bleeding-heart juries ready to bankrupt manufacturers whenever a wheel broke and someone was injured?

Would the Pyramids at Giza be there today if the foreman on the job allowed the workers to quit just because it was hot?

Why are there so many marathon winners from outside the US?

There is no reason flights need to be canceled because of the heat--it is simply government meddling. Introduce some simple changes, like dynamic pricing, allowing passengers to fly au naturel, price tickets by passenger weight, add afterburners and VTOL capabilities, service fees for assisted take-off (we have no issue getting planes off aircraft carriers, do we?) etc.

The flights in Phoenix didn't need to be cancelled, for the airlines need not have looked far to learn how to depart from their desert airport in scorching heat: duh--"Flight of the Phoenix" the movie. The men in the movie were no modern quiche eating, sunblock wearing softies, for they could work around the clock in deadly desert heat with little water or food. And, most importantly, they knew how to improvise, how to get a plane prepared for take off in formidable conditions. Phoenix should have learned from these real men.