We have seen various analyses of weather-related deaths, and the one published this week by the Centers for Disease Control surprised us.
Far and away, the No. 1 killer is extreme cold, according to the National Health Statistics Reports study, out-ranking heat by about a 2-to-1 ratio.
The five-year study, encompassing the 2006-10 period, took a somewhat different approach from other analyses we’ve seen.
It didn’t limit the definition to direct causation, or used a simple “excess mortality” system – comparing deaths on particularly hot or cold days with average daily mortality.