CATASTROPHE: Wake of a Wave

One day last week the good people of Omaha mopped their brows under a temperature of 106°. For the tenth consecutive day their thermometers had registered more than 100°. In St. Louis hot weather history was made—with 110°. Vinita, Okla. topped that record with 117° on the 36th consecutive day of 100° or more heat. At the Century of Progress the Chicago Symphony Orchestra stopped a concert at the halfway point when the huge Havoline thermometer showed 106°.

In Wrangell, Alaska, the temperature climbed to 100°, where it had never been seen...

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