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.
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.
Since 1900, the average annual precipitation is up 5 percent for the continental U.S.
A striking look at how much precipitation the Southwest would need over the next month to end the drought.
Sixty two percent of the country was in some level of drought last August, but that number has been reduced to 45 percent this August.
For most areas of the U.S., the worst drought in more than 50 years is likely to persist well into the winter.