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EXTREME WEATHER

EXTREME WEATHER

One of the most visible consequences of a warming world is the increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events. The US government’s own 2018 National Climate Assessment Report finds that heat waves, drought, heavy downpours, floods, and major hurricanes have all increased in the US, as has their strength.

It’s affecting us economically: NOAA released a billion dollar extreme weather events map from 2000-2019 pinpointing the US locations where disaster has already struck, followed by a list of the top ten costliest events.

And, it’s affecting us everywhere:

• The Southeast is experiencing hurricanes with stronger wind speeds, more rain, and worsened storm surge — all adding up to more destruction
• The Southwest is seeing droughts lasting way longer than they are historically accustomed to
• The Northeast is the fastest-warming region in the contiguous United States, according to a recent study — and it’s heating up at a rate 50 percent faster than the global average
• Fires have intensified throughout the West as it becomes hotter and drier
• Farmers in the Midwest are experiencing more downpours increasing flooding and erosion

The consequences of doing nothing are severe. A study using FEMA and HUD data in 2017, which looked at the results of federal grants, determined that $1 spent in MITIGATION yielded a $6 benefit. Dissection of those benefits state by state, can be explored here.

At the end of 2019, COLLATERAL, a website focused on Climate, Data and Science from The Weather Channel, published a history of climate change in the last decade by Bob Henson which is stunning in its perception and its diligence. After looking to the future, he closes his article quoting Katharine Hayhoe, and reminding us: “Every action matters. Every bit of warming matters. Every year matters. Every choice matters.”

There are 1,750 designated Superfund sites across the country, 945 of which are at risk of being compromised by climate-driven storms, floods, wildfires and sea level rise. More at InsideClimate News

In the end of June, 2022, Climate Central launched a tool to make every weatherman’s heart glow: called a Climate Shift Index (complete with interactive maps) it shows the daily influence of climate on weather by location!

Michael Svoboda, from Yale Climate Connections, published in August, 2022  another list of great climate change books. His focus, this time, was on extreme weather and the twelve recommendations cover the gamut  from renowned University of Oxford researcher Friederike Otto’s Angry Weather to the newest title in a wonderful series for Grade 3 level readers ranging from air quality to rising sea levels. 

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Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters

10/06/22
Summary of U.S. billion-dollar weather and climate related disaster research, methodology, and data sources.

12 titles on extreme weather – and how to handle it

08/02/22
With parts of Asia, Europe, and the United States still suffering or recovering from withering heat waves, and with the peak of hurricane season approaching, titles about extreme weather and how to handle it seem…

NOAA tool now brings disaster risk, vulnerability down to community level

07/27/22
A comprehensive update to NOAA’s Billion Dollar Disasters mapping tool now includes U.S. census tract data – providing many users with local community-level awareness of hazard risk, exposure and vulnerability across more than 100 combinations…

Introducing the Climate Shift Index

07/26/22
Climate Central launches the Climate Shift Index—a new tool that shows the local influence of climate change, every day. Climate Shift Index (CSI) levels indicate how much climate change has altered the frequency of daily…

Assessing the Global Climate in June 2022

07/14/22
Globally, June 2022 was the sixth-warmest June in the 143-year NOAA record. The year-to-date (January-June) global surface temperature was also the sixth warmest on record. According to NCEI’s Global Annual Temperature Outlook, there is a…

Assessing the U.S. Climate in July 2022

07/01/22
Historic flash flood events juxtapose heat and expanding drought

September 2021 Regional Climate Impacts and Outlooks

09/30/21
OAA and its partners have released the latest Regional Climate Impacts and Outlooks, which recap summer conditions and provide insight into what might be expected this autumn.

What’s Going On With Extreme Weather?

09/22/21
In recent months, record-high temperatures, flooding and drought have had catastrophic consequences for individuals and communities.

National Centers for Environmental Information

08/19/21
NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) hosts and provides public access to one of the most significant archives for environmental data on Earth. We provide over 37 petabytes of comprehensive atmospheric, coastal, oceanic, and geophysical…

New Climate Maps Show a Transformed United States

11/28/20
According to new data from the Rhodium Group analyzed by ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine, warming temperatures and changing rainfall will drive agriculture and temperate climates northward, while sea level rise will consume…

Mapped: How climate change affects extreme weather around the world

08/20/20
Attributing extreme weather to climate change.

NOAA’s Weather and Climate Toolkit

06/11/20
NOAA's Weather and Climate Toolkit (WCT) is free, platform independent software distributed from NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). The WCT allows the visualization and data export of weather and climate data, including Radar,…

Data Snapshots: Reusable Climate Maps

06/10/20
This visual catalog with convenient filtering options can help you find the climate data you need. How-to instructions can help you navigate data access tools.

Creating Resilient Water Utilities (CRWU)

06/10/20
EPA's CRWU initiative provides drinking water, wastewater and stormwater utilities with practical tools, training and technical assistance needed to increase resilience to extreme weather events.

Climate Change

06/10/20
This page provides information about climate change and links to related tools and documents. The page is intended for anyone interested in learning more about our resources and other federal government resources to support climate…

Is your state at risk?

06/10/20
Find out if your state is at risk

Explaining Extreme Events OF 2018 From a Climate Perspective

03/03/20
Analyses Of The Northern European Summer Heatwave Of 2018

Climate Central

11/19/19
Extreme Weather Videos

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‘We can expect more’: Did climate change play a role in the deadly weekend tornadoes?

By Doyle Rice   12/13/21  
A devastating tornado outbreak across five states Friday night left dozens of people dead and reduced hundreds of homes to rubble, and some scientists say this may be the harbinger of future tragedies as the…

Could The Next Blackout Be More Deadly Than Katrina?

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Having lived for more than 20 years in Houston Texas I have experienced some very extreme weather between hurricanes, floods and freezing temperatures with ice and snow. I learned from the 2005 hurricane Katrina that…

How climate change and extreme weather are crimping America’s pie supply

By Laura Reiley   11/17/21  
For months, supply chain issues and labor shortages have been putting the squeeze on Mike’s Pies, a popular commercial bakery here that’s been selling pies based off owner Mike Martin’s mother’s recipes for three decades.…

Extreme Makeover: Human Activities Are Making Some Extreme Events More Frequent or Intense

By Alan Buis   11/08/21  
The year 2021 has seen a flurry of extreme events around the globe. Among the many that have captured headlines so far this year:

Doctors union warn climate change is damaging patient health

By Wendy Brooking   11/01/21  
A DOCTORS’ union has reminded world leaders of their “moral responsibility” to protect public health, warning that climate change is damaging patient health.

Hundreds of thousands of power outages remain on chilly night

By John R. Ellement and others   10/28/21  
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The storm that’s lashing Mass. underwent ‘bombogenesis.’ What’s that?

By Martin Finucane   10/27/21  
The strong coastal storm that whipped up so much wind, knocking out power to nearly half a million electric customers in Massachusetts by Wednesday morning, underwent “bombogenesis,” according to forecasters. What’s that? A storm undergoes…

Longer, more frequent outages afflict the U.S. power grid as states fail to prepare for climate change

By Douglas MacMillan and Will Englund   10/24/21  
Every time a storm lashes the Carolina coast, the power lines on Tonye Gray’s street go down, cutting her lights and air conditioning. After Hurricane Florence in 2018, Gray went three days with no way…

Extreme tranquility: a record-warm, weirdly calm autumn from Northern Plains to Northeast

By Bob Henson   10/18/21  
The first half of autumn 2021 came in as the warmest on record for a broad set of towns and cities spanning much of the northern tier of the United States. From Bismarck to Buffalo,…

Frigid West, warm East: Continent divided between clash of seasons

By Matthew Cappucci and Jason Samenow   10/13/21  
Feet of snow have fallen in the West, while the East Coast enjoys a taste of summer

Disaster fatigue is getting worse with more billion-dollar extreme weather events

By Jen Brady   10/10/21  
Major hurricanes are devastating coastal communities and bringing flooding thousands of miles inland. Wildfires are burning for months. Heatwaves are scorching places where people don’t have air conditioning. Events like these have all happened just…

State of the climate: Summer 2021 sets new high for average land temperature

By Zeke Hausfather   10/10/21  
The year so far has been one of extremes, featuring record-shattering heatwaves, wildfires and flooding, as well as the warmest-ever northern-hemisphere summer – June, July and August – in the global land-surface record.

Should You Get Flood Insurance for Your Home?

By Ronda Kaysen   10/08/21  
In the weeks since Hurricane Ida flooded her Maplewood, N.J., basement with eight inches of water, Ingrid Nagy has been trying to figure out how to financially protect herself from the next big storm.

National TV news keeps ignoring the human costs of extreme weather events

By Evlondo Cooper   10/07/21  
I’m writing this from New Orleans a little more than a month after Hurricane Ida devastated Southeast Louisiana—after most national TV crews have long since packed up and left. A blue tarp lies atop my…

Jet stream changes could amplify weather extremes by 2060s

09/30/21  
New U.S. National Science Foundation-funded research provides insights into how the position and intensity of the North Atlantic jet stream has changed during the past 1,250 years. The findings suggest that the position of the…

How tropical storms and hurricanes have hit U.S. shores with unparalleled frequency

By Jason Samenow and others   09/29/21  
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After Hurricane Ida, Oil Infrastructure Springs Dozens of Leaks

By Blacki Migliozzi and Hiroko Tabuchi   09/26/21  
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With extreme weather events and other disasters on the rise, how well are Americans prepared?

By Drew DeSilver   09/22/21  
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Nicholas, now a tropical depression, brings heavy rain to the flood-battered South.

By Eduardo Medina and Sophie Kasakove   09/15/21  
Tropical Depression Nicholas has unleashed heavy rain across parts of Louisiana this week, raising the risk of severe flooding in an area already battered by Hurricane Ida and still struggling to restore electricity to tens of thousands…

Louisianans, still recovering from Ida, brace for yet more rain.

By Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs and Sophie Kasakove   09/14/21  
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Nearly 1 in 3 Americans experienced a weather disaster this summer

By Sarah Kaplan and Andrew Ba Tran   09/04/21  
Nearly 1 in 3 Americans live in a county hit by a weather disaster in the past three months, according to a new Washington Post analysis of federal disaster declarations. On top of that, 64…

Overlapping Disasters Expose Harsh Climate Reality: The U.S. Is Not Ready

By Christopher Flavelle, Anne Barnard, Brad Plumer, and Michael Kimmelman   09/02/21  
The deadly flooding in the Northeast, on the heels of destruction from Louisiana to California, shows the limits of adapting to climate change. Experts say it will only get worse.

UN: Weather disasters more common, costly but less deadly than in the past

By Jacob Knutson   09/01/21  
Weather-related disasters have become more common and more costly over the past 50 years but so far have killed fewer people than catastrophes in the past, according to a new report from the United Nations' weather agency.

Extreme Weather Cost U.S. Taxpayers $99 Billion Last Year, and It Is Getting Worse

By Kat So and Sally Hardin   09/01/21  
The climate crisis is here. Extreme weather events fueled by climate change are becoming increasingly more frequent, more destructive, and more costly. Wildfires are burning millions of acres annually.1 Frequent back-to-back hurricanes,2 coupled with increased…

What Cutting-Edge Science Can Tell Us About Extreme Weather

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Hotter, faster, stronger: That isn’t a tagline for the next blockbuster superhero movie. This is what climate change is doing to many extreme weather events. As the planet warms, heat waves are getting hotter, wildfires…

The State of the Climate is a collection of monthly summaries recapping climate-related occurrences on both a global and national scale.

08/16/21  
The July 2021 contiguous U.S. temperature was 75.5°F, 1.9°F above the 20th-century average, tying with 1954 and 2003 for 13th warmest in the 127-year record. For the year-to-date, the national temperature was 53.0°F, 1.8°F above average, ranking…

Amid Extreme Weather, a Shift Among Republicans on Climate Change

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After a decade of disputing the existence of climate change, many leading Republicans are shifting their posture amid deadly heat waves, devastating drought and ferocious wildfires that have bludgeoned their districts and unnerved their constituents…

Extreme weather tormenting the planet will worsen because of global warming, U.N. panel finds

By Jason Samenow and Kasha Patel   08/09/21  
From record-crushing heat waves to ruinous floods and fires, extreme weather has punished the planet in recent months. Human-caused climate change is intensifying these devastating extremes and will make them even worse in the coming…

Severe storms prompt hundreds of flight cancellations at O’Hare Airport.

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More than 300 flights were canceled at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago on Monday after severe weather prompted a ground stop and an evacuation of the airport’s control tower.

Amid summer of fire and floods, a moment of truth for climate action

By Sarah Kaplan and Brady Dennis   07/24/21  
The panicked commuters of Zhengzhou, China, could only stand on seats and cling to poles in a desperate attempt to keep their heads above the muddy torrent this past week, as floodwaters from record-breaking rains inundated…

In summer of apocalyptic weather, concerns emerge over climate science blind spot

By Andrew Freedman   07/19/21  
The rapid succession of precedent-shattering extreme weather events in North America and Europe this summer is prompting some scientists to question whether climate extremes are worsening faster than expected.

‘It Is All Connected’: Extreme Weather in the Age of Climate Change

By Henry Fountain and John Schwartz   07/18/21  
The images from Germany are startling and horrifying: houses, shops and streets in the picturesque cities and villages along the Ahr and other rivers violently washed away by fast-moving floodwaters.

These Scientists Linked June’s Heat Wave to Climate Change in 9 Days. Their Work Could Revolutionize How We Talk About Climate

By Alejandro de la Garza   07/13/21  
Long before most people in the U.S. Pacific Northwest had woken up on June 28—the hottest day in last month’s record-breaking heat wave—European climate scientists Geert Jan van Oldenborgh and Friederike Otto were preparing to…

Elsa drenching New England after deluging Mid-Atlantic

By Matthew Cappucci   07/09/21  
It’s the final day of Elsa’s unwelcome tour up the U.S. East Coast, a journey thus far filled with heavy rain, flooding, strong winds and tornadoes. After lashing New England and the Northeast on Friday,…

Add ‘Climate Hazards’ to Your Home-Buyer’s Checklist

By Debra Kamin   06/18/21  
As global temperatures increase and sea levels rise, home shoppers are looking at more than just location, price and the number of bedrooms when exploring properties. They are also wondering about the risk of natural…

Study: Extreme weather may not lead to increased support for climate action

By Jennifer Marlon   06/18/21  
For some Americans, the signs of global warming are everywhere. In 2020 alone, wildfires broke records across the West, hurricanes fueled by abnormally warm ocean temperatures battered the Southeast, and a Death Valley weather station…

Here’s How You’re Already Paying for Climate Change

By Emma Kerr   06/10/21  
States in the Midwest and Northeast set record temperature highs on Monday as an extreme heat wave moved across the country from drought-ridden areas in the West, while at the other end of the spectrum,…

New climate predictions increase likelihood of temporarily reaching 1.5 °C in next 5 years

05/27/21  
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As hurricane season looms, Biden doubles funding to prepare for extreme weather

By Juliet Eilperin , Brady Dennis and Matt Viser   05/25/21  
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Biden doubling FEMA funds for extreme weather preparations

By Zack Budryk   05/24/21  
The Biden administration will direct $1 billion toward the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) fund for extreme weather preparation, a 100 percent increase over existing funding levels, the White House announced Monday.
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By Faith Karimi   05/22/21  
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Extreme Weather Displaces Record Numbers of People as Temperatures Rise

By Deutsche Welle   05/21/21  
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Biden made this city a poster child for climate change. Then it flooded again.

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There’s a New Definition of ‘Normal’ for Weather

By Henry Fountain and Jason Kao   05/12/21  
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration last week issued its latest “climate normals”: baseline data of temperature, rain, snow and other weather variables collected over three decades at thousands of locations across the country.

America’s new climate ‘normal’ is hotter, wetter, and more extreme

By Erin Snodgrass   05/05/21  
National data released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration supports what scientists have been shouting for years: The ongoing climate crisis has created a wet, hot, American climate.

Exclusive: 2020’s Hurricane Zeta Nearly Caused ‘Another Deepwater Horizon Catastrophe’ in Gulf of Mexico

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A Glimpse of America’s Future: Climate Change Means Trouble for Power Grids

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