Greek Scientists Want to Name Heat Waves Like Hurricanes

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Greek Scientists Want to Name Heat Waves Like Hurricanes
A man stands in front of a wild fire in Schinos, west of Athens, on May 19, 2021.
A man stands in front of a wild fire in Schinos, west of Athens, on May 19, 2021.
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Greece has suffered through a summer of hellish heat. Now, experts want to give heat waves names and rankings like the ones assigned to hurricanes and tropical storms.

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Heat is often called a “silent killer” because while it doesn’t cause the same visible destruction that storms, tornadoes, or fires do, it is one of the deadliest forms of extreme weather in the world.

“Unlike other adverse weather events, you can’t see extreme heat,” Kostas Lagouvardos, research director at the National Observatory of Athens, told the Guardian’s sister newspaper the Observer. He said policymakers and the public need to be aware of the quiet dangers heat poses, and that naming heat waves could be a way to do just that.

“We believe people will be more prepared to face an upcoming weather event when the event has a name,” he said. “They’ll become more aware of the possible problems it could cause to their lives and to their properties.”