That was a 'freak' storm and occurred way west of us in the Dakotas and Montana I think. Massive amounts of mountain snow stranded thousands of cattle. I think there's someone on this forum from the region, perhaps they will chime in with better details.
I spent a little time in desert conditions, usually just a few weeks at a time though and had limited access to some AC once in a while, but most of my experiences with 'heat' were tropical, to include Southern States, S/E Asia, South and Central America. Depending on time of year with humidity added to the equation, simply breathing caused excessive sweating, much less humping yourself and gear around for hours at a time, fun times, good friends, many memories :laugh:.