Like her alter ego, Crabby Old Lady is on partial hiatus until some pressing deadlines are met, but she can’t resist commenting this morning on a New York Times piece that may be the biggest non-story Crabby has ever read.
The only backup provided for the headline, “Nation Sweats as Heat Hits Triple Digits,” is that it was 100 degrees yesterday in New York City and 125 in Death Valley, California.
Wait a minute. Has it not always been thus in summer? Where’s the news in this story? What first drew Crabby’s attention and caused her to nearly spit her coffee across the computer screen was this:
“The heat was at its worst in the Northeast, Midwest and West.”
That pretty much covers the entire United States.
An Indiana three-year-old died when he locked himself in a hot car. That is a tragedy, but it is not a heat story; it happens too frequently in much less than extreme temperatures.
And hey, hey, hey, alert the rest of the media; here are a couple of buried headlines that deserve wider attention:
- Day laborers paused to drink water in southern California yesterday
- Children splashed in fountains
And how’s this for a flash:
“In St. Louis; Tulsa, Okla.; and Philadelphia, temperatures are expected to fall only to the mid-70’s at night…”
Wow. 75 degrees F at night in July. Now there’s the final proof of global warming Crabby’s been waiting for.