Jul 18, 2019

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 397 words, a 2 minute read.

Situational awareness: President Trump says U.S. shot down Iranian drone over Strait of Hormuz.

  • Why it matters: This is the latest action escalating an already tense situation in the Persian Gulf. Go deeper.
1 big thing: The 🥵 "heat dome" is coming

Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Get familiar with the concept of a "record-high nighttime low" temperature.

  • This weekend's heat wave threatens to smash records nationwide, a dangerous situation for humans and animals alike.
  • Humidity "levels will make it feel as hot or hotter than the Southwest in parts of the Central and Eastern states." [AccuWeather]

Why it matters: It can become very dangerous when temperatures don't cool down at night, meteorologists tell the AP. Parts of the East Coast won’t drop below the mid- to upper-70s or even 80s at night.

The big picture: "Hot weather is nothing new, of course, especially in July. But climate change is making heat waves like this one more common." [NYT]

Between the lines: This could also take a toll on flood-ravaged farms.

  • The "floods of the spring that delayed U.S. planting have meant plants have shallower roots and this is exacerbating the impact of the heat." [Bloomberg]
  • "Normally, it would take four or five days of temperatures in the 90s to stress crops ... [when] the root systems are as shallow as they are this year it only takes a day or two."

The bottom line: This wouldn't be a bad weekend to check up on your neighbors and family, particularly the elderly.

Photo: Pic du jour
Photo: U.S. Navy, File/AP

A few miles off Maine, a private dive team has located the last Navy warship to be sunk by a German submarine in World War II, AP reports.

  • It looked like the one above, built during World War I.

The sinking on April 23, 1945, was originally blamed on a boiler explosion.

  • But the Navy determined in 2001 that it had been sunk by Germans.
2. What you missed
  1. Jeffrey Epstein was denied bail by a federal judge in New York and will remain in jail while awaiting trial for sex trafficking charges. Go deeper.
  2. A viral photo-filter app that lets people see older versions of themselves is highlighting concerns about handing personal information to overseas-developed apps. Go deeper.
  3. President Trump denied responsibility for the "send her back" chant directed at Rep. Ilhan Omar, and falsely claimed that he "started speaking very quickly" to cut off the chant after it began. Video.
3. 1 fun thing

Characters from "Sesame Street Live” appear near Madison Square Garden. Photo: Kathy Willens/AP

Sally Field and"Sesame Street" are in the latest class of Kennedy Center Honors recipients, the AP notes.

  • Other honorees: Singer Linda Ronstadt, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and Earth, Wind and Fire.
Mike Allen