Mapping extreme weather across the U.S.

Today we’re updating our online map providing an overview of extreme weather events in the United States since 1990.  The map highlights memorable examples of extreme heat, heavy precipitation, drought, and wildfire, four types of events with clear trends connected to climate change.

The widespread distribution of these events illustrates the rising risks we face as the planet warms – risks that climate scientists have long predicted, and that are now causing genuine economic harm.The list is not meant to be comprehensive, but rather to provide case studies that offer insight into our vulnerabilities and adaptation needs as risks continue to rise. Among recent examples of extreme weather:

Climate change is elevating the risk of extreme weather, and we must take action to protect ourselves. In some cases, it may be our homes, schools, and civic buildings at increased risk of flood or fire. In other cases, more drought and heat may threaten our health and livelihoods.  It’s crucial that we take stock of what each disaster teaches us so that we understand the rising risks and are better prepared for what’s to come.

Dan Huber is a Science & Policy Fellow at C2ES.

Editor’s Note:  The updated map was developed by one of C2ES’s summer interns, Omar Perez. We’d like to offer him special thanks for his time and effort in putting together this useful tool.