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Old 12-17-2008, 03:31 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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So....on the Reuters map, the Orange pie slice is Heat/Drought.

Over the entire desert southwest, there is no orange pie slice. In fact, one is apparently more likely (from this map) to die of Heat/Drought in the Midwest than either the desert Southwest or the hot, humid Southeast.

Reuters, you have some 'splaining to do!
That's b/c those areas are used to heat and/or drought and know how to deal with it better, mainly by having AC everywhere Just like people up north know how to deal with cold and snow better. People adapt to what they are used to, which in the southwest and southeast is heat.

Heatwaves can be more deadly in a city like San Francisco whose average high temp in summer is in the upper 60's to low 70's compared to Sacramento whose average high is in the 90's to low 100's b/c no one in San Francisco has air conditioning.
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Old 12-17-2008, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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I was just reading this over on Reutors then I came over here to city-data. "Death map" shows heat a big hazard to Americans - Yahoo! News (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081217/hl_nm/us_death_usa - broken link)
I thought I was in a safe area by looking at the black and white map. You have posted the color version, and now I find I'm in a pink area. The last place I lived was pink too. I must like to live dangerously.
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Old 12-18-2008, 07:57 AM
 
Location: NH and lovin' it!
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It explains the colors in the map. White is the national average for deaths, red is higher than average, blue is lower than average.
Thanks for the info. Skipped right over that one!
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Old 12-18-2008, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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Reuters has a map that breaks in down by region:
This map is far too general. I prefer the other one, although I have to admit the data seems to be very subjective.
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Old 12-18-2008, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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I just started a thread in the CA forum about this report that was featured in an LA Times article.

The common misconception seems to be that people think CA, and especially Southern CA, is a dangerous place to live natural disaster wise when its actually one of the safest. There are far more dangerous places to live than CA and Southern CA.
Disaster area? Southern California has it made in the shade - Los Angeles Times

Judging by the colors Indiana is the safest state?
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Old 12-18-2008, 08:24 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Judging by the colors Indiana is the safest state?
I'd say Mass.
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Old 12-18-2008, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Dorchester
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There is a really cool book that came out some about 10 years ago called Cartographies of Danger. It used all data including crime, traffic, weather, wildfires, etc.
The safest location in the U.S. is northwest Connecticut.
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Old 12-18-2008, 09:43 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Judging by the colors Indiana is the safest state?
yeah, I'd say MA as well plus maybe RI and NJ, they seem to have all blue. IN seems to be fairly low too, at least for a larger state.
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