Weather-related events have been in the news all year. Now, like a stalled weather pattern, the heat is hogging up Page One news. What could become one of the nation’s worst droughts has spread across 14 states, from Florida to Arizona. In Texas alone, losses are expected to exceed $3 billion. The drought will be the eighth billion-dollar weather event in 2011.

In addition to financial losses, there will significant loss of life. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), heat is the #1 weather-related killer in the U.S. On average, more than 1,500 lives are lost each year.

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