A photo blog of world events by Sacbee.com Assistant Director of Multimedia Tim Reese.
Subscribe to feed Subscribe to this blog's feed
June 9, 2011
Heat gripping half of US expected to last for days

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sweltering temperatures across half the country have people doing what they can to stay cool, and some of them will need to keep doing it for the rest of the week. Some schools in the Northeast planned to close early for a second day Thursday so students would not have to suffer in buildings with no air conditioning. Others canceled classes altogether. The six-to-10-day outlook from the federal Climate Prediction Center calls for continued above-average readings centered on the mid-South, including Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, and extending as far as the Great Lakes and New York and New Jersey. (24 images)

Follow The Frame on Twitter at sacbee_theframe

Ron Krajewski of San Diego, Calif., pushes his son on a stroller Ron Krajewski Jr. through a water sprinkler to cool off from the simmering heat at the National Mall in Washington, Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / Manuel Balce Ceneta

Allie Marsinko, 5, of Connellsville Pa., cools off from the simmering heat running through a water sprinkler at the National Mall in Washington, Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / Manuel Balce Ceneta

Nikki Haven, 19, of Potomac, Md., and Emily Slaga, 19, of Ann Arbor, Mich., brave one-hundred degree weather by the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / Jacquelyn Martin

First dog Bo enjoys a nap in a shady spot on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / Carolyn Kaster

Damien Sheffield, 2, plays in a water fountain in Washington, Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / Alex Brandon

Lightning and a forming rainbow are seen over the state agency buildings at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, N.Y., on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / Mike Groll

Riders get splashed as a boat hits the water at Shipwreck Falls amusement ride on a hot sunny day at Darien Lake Theme Park Resort in Darien Center, N.Y., Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / David Duprey

Carlos Andio, left and Sebastian Figueroa, right, both 13, try to study in their non-air conditioned 7th-grade classroom at the Thomas J. McDonough elementary school in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday morning July 8, 2011. Temperatures in Hartford Wednesday ranged in the low to mid-90's. AP / Pat Eaton-Robb

Noah DeLaCruz of Hartford cools off in a fountain in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / Jessica Hill

Rosalinda Salcedo tends to roses in Elizabeth Park in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / Jessica Hill

Gilles Werle, visiting from Strasbourg, France, cools off in a fountain along the Hudson River Greenway, Wednesday, June 8, 2011 in New York. AP / Jason DeCrow

People smile as they walk past Lisa Tobin dressed as a lemon in the hot sun, as she sells lemonade on Broad Street, in Philadelphia, Pa., Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / Mel Evans

John Eyre, 12, finds a patch of shade to cool down in while he and a team of missionaries from Houston, do some roofing work on a home in Memphis, Tenn. on Monday, June 6, 2011. Over 200 missionaries began work on service projects all over the Binghampton community in Memphis as part of the SOS (Service Over Self) summer clean-up program aimed at sprucing up underprivileged neighborhoods. The Commercial Appeal / Jim Weber

Blaine Schroeder, 8, of Pack 562, slides face first into a pool of water during the Cub Scouts of America Day Camp held at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, Texas, on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. "How to Train a Knight," day camp is one of many summer events held by the Cub Scouts in Central Texas and this one hosted 320 area Cub Scouts from Tuesday through Friday. Austin American-Statesman / Rodolfo Gonzalez

Construction worker Rafael Rodriguez pours water on his face on Sunday, June 5, 2011, while taking a break from working on the Metro Rail project in Houston, Texas. The Houston Chronicle / Mayra Beltran

Mia Fernandez,4, giggles while tickled by Monica Mujica,18, as they cool off as Monday's temperatures reached the low 100's on Monday, June 6, 2011, in Houston, Texas. The Houston Chronicle / Mayra Beltran

Adrian Padilla, left, with his sons Joe, center, and Mike, right, throws out his net on Falcon Lake, Wednesday, June 8, 2011 in Zapata, Texas. AP / Eric Gay

Two kite boarders pass each other on a hot and windy day In Oklahoma City, Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / Sue Ogrocki

Lightning strikes over Dick Howser Stadium during a weather delay in Florida State's game against Alabama in the Tallahassee Regional NCAA Baseball Championship in Tallahassee, Florida, Sunday June 5, 2011. Orlando Sentinel / Gary W. Green

Calhoun County Sheriff's Department deputies and an official from the Michigan Department of Transportation block traffic Wednesday afternoon where a section of southbound I-69 buckled shoulder to shoulder just north of I-94 on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. Authorities said the hot weather caused the pavement to buckle, forcing a portion of southbound I-69 near Marshall to close for a few hours. The Enquirer / Justin A. Hinkley

A woman rests during hot weather at Montrose beach in Chicago, Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / Nam Y. Huh

Rafael Muhletaler, 2, of Detroit, plays at a fountain along River Walk in Detroit, Wednesday, June 8, 2011. AP / Paul Sancya

Lightning strikes as funnel clouds forms north of Billings, Mont. on Monday, June 6, 2011. There were no reports of a funnel cloud touching down on land in the area. Billings Gazette / Paul Ruhter

Former Seattle Pacific University gymnast Heather Garcia, 23, practices on a log at Seattle's Golden Gardens Park as temperatures climb into the mid 70s on Sunday, June 5, 2011. Seattle saw some of the highest temperatures of 2011 over the weekend. seattlepi.com / Joshua Trujillo

About Comments

Reader comments on Sacbee.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Sacramento Bee. If you see an objectionable comment, click the "report abuse" button below it. We will delete comments containing inappropriate links, obscenities, hate speech, and personal attacks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. See more about comments here.

What You Should Know About Comments on Sacbee.com

Sacbee.com is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)

Here are some rules of the road:

• Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "report abuse" button to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.

• Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.

• Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.

• Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand. If you want to discuss an issue with a specific user, click on his profile name and send him a direct message.

• Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.

• Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.

• Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.

• Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.

You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "report abuse" button to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at feedback@sacbee.com. Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.

If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them, but you may ask our staff to retract one of your comments by sending an email to feedback@sacbee.com. Again, make sure you note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us your profile name.

hide comments

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from sacbee.com. While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on sacbee.com and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.