Each state receives a conventional letter grade to illustrate its climate change preparedness overall and for five specific hazards: heat, drought, wildfires, inland & coastal flooding.
With the current El Niño, there is some hope of such an extreme drought easing this winter.
Parts of the West need more than 20 inches of rain to erase the drought.
According to a NOAA release, 2015 had the hottest September on record.
Climate change is bound to alter the length of the growing season.
Long term trend of global ocean water temperatures is on the increase.
17 state capitals had one of their 5 hottest Septembers on record.
Nationwide, fall is warming at a rate of 0.43°F per decade – that’s 1.9°F since 1970.