As I said on the air the other night, some of our viewers in Arizona may not find the East Coast temperatures all that impressive, but when you're not used to 103 in the afternoon—and when it's accompanied by unhealthy ozone and high humidity—it becomes oppressive and dangerous. Such was the case again today here in New York. Tonight I will enter the belly of the beast: I'm going to spend the evening with friends of mine in a New York City firehouse, even though I expect they'll go out on non-stop heat-related EMS runs. This is the busy season for first responders in New York and elsewhere.
Just as our editorial meeting was breaking up this afternoon, we were handed a breaking news story: A boat collision in Philadelphia—and so we're scrambling on that. We'll be covering the heat and the effect on the power grid, and of course the oil disaster in the Gulf. To the viewer in South Dakota who emailed me last night to complain about the fact that we made the Gulf the lead story last night, perhaps when the larger impact of this spill becomes clear in the long view of history, you'll see it my way. This is an environmental disaster without parallel in the United States.
We hope you can join us tonight.