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Smart Talk: Heat = drought?; DNC; Energy jobs

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jul 26, 2016 4:48 PM

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What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, July 26, 2016:

Thunderstorms rolled over most of the region Monday night bringing some much needed relief from the heat and humidity of the last week.  However temperatures are expected to rise into the 90s again for the next couple days.

Pete Jung of the National Weather Service in State College appears on Tuesday's Smart Talk to discuss what's been referred to as a "heat dome" and whether drought conditions could be in our our future.

(In response to a listener's question about the highest low ever in Harrisburg, Mr. Jung answered:

#1 - 83.0 set 08/09/1900

#2, #3, #4 - 81.0 set 07/24/2011, 07/24,2010, 08/05/1930

#5, #6, and #7 - 80.0 set 07/22/2011, 07/15/1995, 07/02/1901

All others are below 80 degrees.

So in other words, there have only been 7 occurrences where the overnight low in Harrisburg failed to drop below 80 degrees, with the record "high-low" of 83 degrees on August 9, 1900.)


Day one of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia is in the books and it wasn't the smooth running event Democrats were hoping for.

Franklin and Marshall College political analyst and pollster Dr. G. Terry Madonna updates us.

Nineteen-year-old Sawyer Neale of Elizabethtown is one of the youngest delegates at the DNC.  He joins the program too.

Also, a new report says more people are getting jobs in the clean energy industry.  A recent report conducted for the groups Environmental Entrepreneurs and Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance by BW Research Partnership claims that PA is home to 66,000 clean energy jobs. According to the report, that is a 15% growth from 2014.

Joining Smart Talk this Tuesday to discuss the report and the state of clean energy jobs in PA is Bob Keefe, Executive Director of Environmental Entrepreneurs. The report can be found here.

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