Yesterday I said "I don't worry that much about the heat, freeze to death - yes; but not the heat" In fact, I said we are a nation of wimps. I can remember the hot summers without airconditioning. That was what fans, sprinklers, and airconditioned movie theaters are for.
So I was shocked this morning to hear on NPR the New York Health Commissioner Tom Farley say, "More people die from heat each year than from all other natural disasters". WHAT - the data skeptic in me doesn't believe that!
So a quick search on the internet yielded the following table and equally skeptic researcher:
So even though my point appears correct about the risk of cold - excessive heat is a close second.