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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
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2020 rivals hottest year on record, pushing Earth closer to a critical climate threshold

By Chris Mooney, Andrew Freedman and John Muyskens   01/15/21  
Escalating temperatures poise planet to breach1.5 C for the first time, possibly later this decade

A “forever” drought takes shape in the West

By Jennifer A. Kingson   01/14/21  
The Southwest U.S. is mired in an ever-worsening drought, one that has left deer starving in Hawaii, turned parts of the Rio Grande into a wading pool, and set a record in Colorado for the most days of "exceptional drought."

A record 22 billion-dollar disasters struck the U.S. in 2020

By Matthew Cappucci   01/09/21  
The year 2020 will go down in the history books as one riddled with a record number of billion-dollar disasters. According to a new report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on…

Record number of billion-dollar disasters struck U.S. in 2020

01/08/21  
It was an extraordinary year for weather and climate events in the U.S.: The nation endured an unprecedented 22 billion-dollar disasters in 2020.  A record number of named tropical storms formed in the Atlantic, with…

How climate change is affecting winter storms.

By John Schwartz   12/17/20  
The major winter storm that hit the Eastern United States on Wednesday and Thursday probably prompted some people to ask, “What happened to global warming?”

2020 North Atlantic Hurricane Season Shatters Records

12/17/20  
One of the most remarkable characteristics of the 2020 North Atlantic hurricane season was its extremely high level of activity. The season saw 30 named storms (storms with winds of 39 mph or greater) develop,…

Will Extreme Weather Keep Getting Worse? Scientists Say Yes.

By Jan Wesner Childs   11/15/20  
One by one, climate and disaster records and milestones have been shattered in 2020. The stories of the extremes make daily headlines: Nine cities see their earliest snowfall ever.

5 climate ghost towns

By Daniel Cusick   10/30/20  
Climate change is creating American ghost towns with a regularity not seen since the 19th century, when boomtowns sprouted and died as quickly as their resources could be devoured.

The undeniable link between weather disasters and climate change

By Sarah Kaplan   10/22/20  
By many measures, 2020 has been disastrous. Hurricanes in the Atlantic are so numerous that there are not enough letters in the Latin alphabet to name them all. Fires in California torched more than 4…

The undeniable link between weather disasters and climate change

By Sarah Kaplan   10/22/20  
What is the link between climate change and the natural disasters we are currently experiencing?

Underwater And On Fire: U.S. Climate Change Magnifies Extremes

By Seth Borenstein   09/19/20  
As the East Coast gets drenched and the drier West Coast is ablaze, climate change may not be the only factor.

Every Place Has Its Own Climate Risk. What Is It Where You Live?

By Stuart A. Thompson and Yaryna Serkez   09/18/20  
For most of us, climate change can feel like an amorphous threat — with the greatest dangers lingering ominously in the future and the solutions frustratingly out of reach.

Fire and rain: Twin climate catastrophes ravage U.S.

By Jeremy P. Jacobs   09/16/20  
America awoke this morning at war with two slowly unfolding climate disasters, as wildfires continued to incinerate the West and the powerful Hurricane Sally made landfall in the Southeast.

Farmers and Ranchers in Crisis: Extreme Weather

09/08/20  
Donnie lives near Keene, North Dakota and owns a farming/ranching operation. He farms multiple crops including wheat, oats, barley, canola, field peas, mustard, and corn. He’s been farming and ranching for over 30 years and lives…

What It’s Like To Live In A City That’s Had 3 ‘Once In A Lifetime’ Climate Disasters In 12 Years

By Emily Stochl   09/01/20  
My house stands on a neighborhood corner in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It’s been here for 100 years. My husband and I are only the third family to own this house, but the original land was…
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Everything Is Unprecedented. Welcome To Your Hotter Earth

Rebecca Hersher, Nathan Rott, Lauren Sommer   08/28/20  
The upshot of climate change is that everyone alive is destined to experience unprecedented disasters. The most powerful hurricanes, the most intense wildfires, the most prolonged heat waves and the most frequent outbreaks of new…

What’s Going on Inside the Fearsome Thunderstorms of Córdoba Province?

By Noah Gallagher Shannon   07/22/20  
Scientists are studying the extreme weather in northern Argentina to see how it works — and what it can tell us about the monster storms in our future.

Climate Change Is Making Hurricanes Stronger, Researchers Find

By Henry Fountain   05/18/20  
Hurricanes have become stronger worldwide during the past four decades, an analysis of observational data shows, supporting what theory and computer models have long suggested: climate change is making these storms more intense and destructive.

Life-threatening extreme heat set to trap millions indoors by 2060

By Thin Lei Win   05/08/20  
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A nation divided: Polar vortex to unload historic Arctic blast in the East as blistering heat roasts the West

By Andrew Freedman and Matthew Cappucci   05/07/20  
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Climate Change Is Accelerating, Bringing World ‘Dangerously Close’ to Irreversible Change

By Henry Fountain   12/04/19  
More devastating fires in California. Persistent drought in the Southwest. Record flooding in Europe and Africa. A heat wave, of all things, in Greenland. Climate change and its effects are accelerating , with climate related…

Climate change and the new language of weather

By Joel Makower   12/02/19  
The United States was tied up in winter weather over the Thanksgiving weekend, from torrential rain in the West to ice and snow in the Midwest to cold winds in the East. Traffic, airports and…

Climate Whiplash: Wild Swings in Extreme Weather Are on the Rise

By Jim Robbins   11/14/19  
As the world warms, scientists say that abrupt shifts in weather patterns — droughts followed by severe floods, or sudden and unseasonable fluctuations in temperature — are intensifying, adding yet another climate-related threat that is…

70% of U.S. Expected to Have Freezing Temperatures

11/13/19  
Temperatures plunged rapidly across the U.S. this week and around 70 percent of the population is expected to experience temperatures around freezing Wednesday. A dip in...

NASA’s Eyes on Extreme Weather

By Ota Lutz   10/18/19  
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Climate Change is Going to Make Extreme Events Worse: Here’s Why

By Aristos Georgiou   09/19/19  
Rising sea levels, the mass extinction of species and the spread of diseases beyond their current range are just some of the potential consequences of global warming. But perhaps one of the most concerning aspects…
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Extreme weather is driving the energy storage boom

By Michael Colvin   09/15/19  
Energy storage installations for homes and businesses — involving battery technology — are on the rise in areas where extreme weather threatens the electric power grid, such as flood-prone Houston, wildfire-stricken California and hurricane-ravaged Puerto…

Extreme Weather Displaced a Record 7 Million in First Half of 2019

By Somini Sengupta   09/12/19  
Extreme weather events displaced a record seven million people from their homes during the first six months of this year, a figure that put 2019 on pace to be one of the most disastrous years…

Extreme weather events linked to poor mental health

By University of York   09/05/19  
People with homes damaged by extreme weather events are more likely to experience mental health issues such as depression and anxiety even when the damage is relatively minor and does not force them to leave…

In Alaska, a summer of extreme weather continues

By Lauren Tierney and Laris Karklis   08/22/19  
Record-breaking temperatures and unusual precipitation patterns are wreaking havoc across Alaska.

How Climate Change Is Fueling Extreme Weather

07/19/19  
By Emilie Karrick SurruscoAcross the globe, extreme weather is becoming the new normal.Torrential rains and flooding. Record hurricanes. Destructive wildfires. Deadly heatwaves and drought. From season...

They Call Her ‘the Beyoncé of Earthquakes’: An Interview With Lucy Jones

By Coral Davenport & Thomas Kaplan   07/10/19  
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Extreme weather has made half of America look like Tornado Alley

By Joel Achenbach and Jason Samenow   05/29/19  
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How A.I. Can Help Handle Severe Weather

By Alina Tugend   05/12/19  
Maria Uriarte, a professor in the department of ecology, evolution and environmental biology at Columbia University, is trying to understand how Hurricane Maria in 2017 altered plant life in Puerto Rico.

Extreme Weather Can Feel ‘Normal’ After Just a Few Years, Study Finds

By Kendra Pierre-Louis   02/26/19  
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A Closer Look at the Polar Vortex’s Dangerously Cold Winds

By Jeremy White & others   01/30/19  
Temperatures will plummet to minus 26 degrees Fahrenheit in Chicago and minus 31 degrees in Madison, Wis., on Wednesday night — the worst cold to grip the Upper Midwest in a generation. Parts of Alaska,…

U.S. Midwest Freezes, Australia Burns: This Is the Age of Weather Extremes

By Somini Sengupta   01/29/19  
In Chicago, officials warned about the risk of almost instant frostbite on what could be the city’s coldest day ever. Warming centers opened around the Midwest. And schools and universities closed throughout the region as…

Extreme weather in 2018 was a raging, howling signal of climate change

By Joel Achenbach   12/13/18  
Just off the top of his head, climate scientist Kevin Trenberth can recount many of the weather disasters that hit the planet in 2018. Record rainfall and flooding in Japan, followed by a heat wave…

How Extreme Weather is Shrinking the Planet

By Bill McKibben   11/16/18  
Thirty years ago, this magazine published “The End of Nature,” a long article about what we then called the greenhouse effect. I was in my twenties when I wrote it, and out on an intellectual…

Extreme heat, wildfires and the cost of climate change

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Go home, Arctic, You’re Drunk

By gregladen   01/05/14  
If global warming is real, then why is it so cold? We are hearing this question quite often today and it will be asked many times by many people over the next few days as…

A Wet Year Causes Farm Woes Far Beyond the Floodplains

By John Schwartz   11/21/19  
A Utah renewable energy developer was hit by a first-of-its-kind cyberattack that briefly cut contact to a dozen wind and solar farms this spring, according to documents obtained by E&E News under the Freedom of…

Exceptional heat wave topples October records across much of the U.S.

By Matthew Cappucci and Andrew Freedman   10/02/19  
Mid-July heat stifles 131 million during early fall.