Extreme Weather Strikes US From Every Direction


The U.S. is being impacted by a range of extreme weather events this week. From record rainfall and flooding in the south to a heat wave in the central and southern parts of the country, from the Maui wildfires to an increase in activity in the Atlantic hurricane season, the country is facing a multi-hazard situation.

Climate scientists have made it clear that global warming plays a role in the frequency and severity of these events. Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, tropical storms, and hurricanes are all linked to a warmer climate. When these events occur at the same time, the negative effects become more intense.

In particular, Southern California is facing the effects of Tropical Storm Hilary. It is the first tropical storm to hit the area in 84 years and has caused record rain and flash flooding. As of Monday, 26 million people are under flood alerts in six states.

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