We’ve heard it in the headlines: More intense droughts, stronger hurricanes and storms, heavier downpours, extreme heat—climate extremes are becoming more common as the climate warms from more CO2 in the atmosphere.
The NOAA/NCEI Climate Extremes Index (CEI) tracks extreme weather events related to temperature, drought, heavy precipitation, and tropical cyclones. Even though the CEI data goes back to 1910, five of the six most extreme years have come in the last decade (2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2020) with 2020 taking the cake.
Extreme weather events and disasters come with costs. In addition to financial costs, weather-related disasters can also have traumatizing effects on the people in the affected community.