Midnight Sun

Over the past few days of scorching hot weather in Portland, am I the only one who has been expecting Rod Serling to step out of the shadows and summarize the situation for us? I've been thinking of the Twilight Zone episode from 1961 titled, "The Midnight Sun." Here's Rod Serling's introduction, which comes at the end of the clip embedded below:

The word that Mrs. Bronson is unable to put into the hot, still, sodden air is “doomed,” because the people you’ve just seen have been handed a death sentence.

One month ago, the earth suddenly changed its elliptical orbit, and in doing so began to follow a path which gradually, moment-by-moment, day-by-day took it closer to the sun. And all of man’s little devices to stir up the air are no longer luxuries; they happen to be pitiful and panicky keys to survival. The time is five minutes to twelve, midnight. There is no more darkness. The place is New York City and this is the eve of the end. Because even at midnight, it’s high noon--the hottest day in history. And you’re about to spend it in … the Twilight Zone.

Parts 2 and 3 of the episode are also available on YouTube.

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