Some Like It Hot

Given the news from around the world, reporting on the sweltering, sticky, smell-inducing weather seems like cool, cool relief. All of the media outlets are covering today’s Code Red advisory, but a few offer some extra sizzle.

— NBC4 included this head-scratcher of a quote from a D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services spokesman: “If you’re sitting in an air-conditioned room and you’re looking outside, it may look OK, but when you look outside it’s a much, much different picture.” But even better, they started a “Dog Days” of summer photo contest because nothing says cool like pictures of your pooch.

— WJLA’s Web site included a spot where readers could write in with their opinions and got these two nuggets: “I can see where heat in the high 90’s/100 degrees would be news in Minnesota, but why all the fuss in the DC area and the extended coverage on the news? Unless it goes on for several days at extremely high temperatures, ‘hazy, hot, and humid’ is pretty much business as usual around here in summer. Oh well, when the news gets too repetitive, I just turn it off.” And “Why are heat advisories even needed? I think you should be able to tell when you step outside that it is hot. It is sort of obvious. But judging from some of the recent news stories, I guess you can always rely on the stupidity of people in the metro area.”

— The Washington Times stays cool in Luray Caverns and explains that “the National Gallery of Art doesn’t mind if people splash in its cool fountain.”

— WTOP offered up a color-based chart on air quality. Code Red is not the most dangerous, Code Purple is. Guess Jimi Hendriz was right that purple haze is painful baby.