These states have suffered the most billion-dollar weather and climate disasters since 1980.
From deluge to wildfires, summer 2018 was one of extremes in the U.S.
Smoke pollution from wildfires threatens the advancements the U.S. has made in cleaning its air.
There have been 15 billion-dollar weather-related disasters in the U.S. in 2017, and the year may finish as the costliest on record.
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.
In recent decades in the American West, wildfires have burned about 17 times more land in years with early snowmelt than with late.
Satellite-derived images comparing the first full week of April in years with early (2002) vs. late (2008) snowmelt.
The August 2006 Tripod Complex Fire burned some 180,000 acres of beetle-damaged forest in central Washington State.