Latest News Wires How a weird weather pattern could predict heat waves

A peculiar atmospheric pattern tends to occur up to 15 to 20 days before a heat wave in the United States, researchers say.  

By , Livescience.com Staff Writer

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Extreme heat kills somewhere between 600 and 1,300 people each year in the United States, according to various estimates. It's well established that such deaths, often caused by heat waves, outnumber those from all other natural disasters combined. Therefore, having a better way to predict when heat waves might occur could help people beat the heat and, in turn, save lives.