SUMMER’S HOTTEST WAVES

It is now official: the summer of 2010 was NYC’s all-time hottest. The National Weather Service has given it historical precedence over heretofore record-breaking summers: the summer of 1966, when days averaging 77.3 degrees (Fahrenheit) repeatedly unleashed 100 degree plus temperatures that caused the deaths of nearly 1,100 people; the summer of 2006 (with a similar string of 100+ temps) that resulted in power failures in Queens that lasted for weeks.

Nevertheless, 2010’s record-breaking heat was more subtle (insidious, perhaps) than cataclysmic; averaging 77.8 degrees but without the deaths, power failures and related woes caused by other hotly ambitious summers.

For example, Sal Medina, a newsstand operator from the Bronx, measured the heat by the number of frozen water bottles that he slipped into his pants this week to stay cool (three). Tally it all up, and the sum of the last three months is a rarely interrupted stretch of hot days that forced New Yorkers to keep cool in ways both traditional and creative.   NY Times

And now there’s Hurricane Earl.

Hurricanes may come and go, but, as long as Hurricane Earl is coming, many in the Rockaway area are going…surfing; an inevitable lark that occurs on the wake of many an approaching or passing hurricane. While North Carolina’s tourist areas are being evacuated, the Daily News is reporting that surfers were “salivating” on their way to Rockaway Beach to catch a wave; in fact, the beaches there are crammed with the surfboarder breed.

At 2 p.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service estimated that New York City has just a 40% chance of seeing tropical storm-level winds, but the odds have been increasing all week as the storm track sidles westwards.

Again, New Yorkers are using both traditional and creative methods to keep (or look) cool during this hottest of summers…even if their heads are just barely above water.

Related: Big Winds, Big Seas, Big Gates

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