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July 1995 heat wave
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    "This report on the "July 1995 Heat Wave" was prepared by the NOAA Disaster Survey Team after numerous interviews and meetings with Federal, state, and local officials in Chicago, Illinois; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and St. Louis, Missouri. Chicago and Milwaukee were selected due to the high heat-related death toll. Chicago experienced its worst weather-related disaster, with 465 heat-related deaths recorded during the period from July 11-27, 1995. Milwaukee also was severely affected, with 85 heat-related deaths recorded during the same time period. Philadelphia and St. Louis experienced deadly heat waves in 1993 and 1980, respectively, and were selected as complementary case studies. The primary purpose of this disaster survey is to evaluate the performance of the NWS in fulfilling its mission of providing timely and accurate warnings, watches, forecasts, advisories, and statements during the July 1995 heat wave. NOAA and the NWS are dedicated to continuing improvements in warning and forecasting for these events to provide local and state officials with the lead time required to implement emergency heat response plans"--Foreword.
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