The big picture: The map above shows major catastrophes announced by the federal civil protection agency over the past two decades, a snapshot that reaches from hurricanes and severe storms to wildfires and droughts.
This year has also seen dangerous, lightning-induced winds known in the Midwest as “derechoes,” and a record drought dried up the West.
Climate change, scientists figured out, raises the intensity, and in many cases the frequency, of these events as well.
Yes, but: “[T][e] he middle- and Northeastern landlocked state along canadian border may feel some of these disadvantages slightly less than other regions of the country,” Smith said.
This applies in particular if it concerns high rain or snow, heat waves and wildfires.
Why it’s important: width is important!
There are some areas where there are known and documented risks, such as coastal Louisiana’s storm susceptibility, and 18 of the 20 greatest wildfires registered in California since 2000 have been started.
What is next: Limiting the future intensity of extreme weather risks will require global emissions reductions in order to reduce global warming as far as possible.