It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Stupidity: Limbaugh Calls Heat Index a Liberal Government Conspiracy
Wikipedia: “The heat index … combines air temperature and relative humidity in an attempt to determine the human-perceived equivalent temperature — how hot it feels…. The heat index was developed in 1978 … and was adopted by the National Weather Service a year later.”
Rush Limbaugh: They’re playing games with us on this heat wave, again. Even Drudge, drudge getting sucked in here. Gonna be a 116 in Washington. No, it’s not. It’s going to be a 100, maybe 99. The heat index, manufactured by the government, they tell you what it feels like when you add the humidity in there. 116 - When’s the last time the heat index was reported as an actual temperature? It hasn’t been. But it looks like they’re trying to get away with doing that now.
Though if you want to be precise, no, I don’t think Limbaugh is stupid enough to believe this - he just thinks his audience is.
Meanwhile, in the real world:
ABC Evening News just reported that at least 22 people have died from this massive heat wave — so the heat index is nothing to dismiss, as Limbaugh does. Given that rising greenhouse gas levels will simultaneously drive both extreme temperatures and extreme flooding, we can expect ever deadlier heatwaves in the future.