Paul Sassone: Stop complaining about perfect summer, weatherpersons

They’re not weather forecasts any more. They’re really weather editorials.

On TV weather segments, the weatherpersons spends most of the time telling us what they want the weather to be and telling us how we ought to feel about it.

And what they want always is higher temperatures. Perhaps this is because the local anchors and weather persons all seem to be beauty contest runners-up from California. To them a daytime temperature of 75 degrees is “chilly,’’ A 70-degree day is downright cold. “Mild’’ has become a synonym for temperatures in the mid-80s and above.

But we know that this is not right. Now pay attention, this is science: To remain at 98.6 degrees, the human body must dissipate excess heat into the air. Thus, we humans need to be surrounded by air that is cooler than our body temperature, so that heat flows away from us at the same rate we generate heat.

The ideal temperature for that is 72 degrees. Broadly speaking, the ideal comfort zone for us is a temperature between 68 and 78 degrees, and 30 to 50 percent relative humidity.

You’d have no inkling of this if you watched and believed TV’s weather editorials. More heat. More heat. That is what they advocate.

But we all know that too much heat is not only uncomfortable but dangerous.

Each year more than 20 Cook County residents die from heat-related causes. And in one horrendous week in July 1995, the county medical examiner reported 739 heat-related deaths.

Heat and sunlight create ozone, a gas that impacts body tissue and has the effect, the American Lung Association characterizes, of sunburn of the lungs. Heat also brings on asthma attacks and other respiratory problems.

And for the poor and infirm, for those without air conditioning, summer heat is, at the very least, painful and suffocating.

So, this is my rebuttal to all those weather editorials:

1. Very few of us spend our summer at the beach, where hot weather may be dandy.

2. The cool summer we’ve been having is delightful to most of us humans.

3. Fewer people will die or become ill if the summer remains cool.

But the anchors and weatherpersons probably will get their wish.

There still is a chunk of summer left. Plenty of time for heat to make a comeback.

And don’t forget global warming.

That should make the anchors and weatherpersons really happy.

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