Hot Zones: Urban Heat Islands

Hot Zones: Urban Heat Islands

  • Published: Jul 14th, 2021

A new Climate Central analysis evaluates the intensity of urban heat islands in cities around the country. Read the report to find out about the factors that cause hotter temperatures in urban areas, the impacts, and the solutions.

National map: top disaster by state (2020)

National map: top disaster by state (2020)

  • Published: Feb 12th, 2020

Not all disasters are created equal—check which type of billion-dollar weather and climate disaster has occurred the most in your state.

National map: Number of Disasters by State (2020)

National map: Number of Disasters by State (2020)

  • Published: Feb 12th, 2020

Can you guess which state has experienced the most billion-dollar climate disasters? See NOAA’s 40-year dataset

National: Bar graph of overall U.S. billion-dollar disasters by decade (2020)

National: Bar graph of overall U.S. billion-dollar disasters by decade (2020)

  • Published: Feb 12th, 2020

The 2010s had the most billion-dollar disasters in 34 of 52 states and territories (65%)

State: Bar graph of billion-dollar disasters by decade (2020)

State: Bar graph of billion-dollar disasters by decade (2020)

  • Published: Feb 12th, 2020

With four decades of disaster data, the trend is not our friend. Billion-dollar weather and climate disasters are rising in most states, even after adjusting for inflation

Hotter Summers Mean More Stagnant Air

Hotter Summers Mean More Stagnant Air

  • Published: Jul 24th, 2019

Hotter summers often lead to more stagnant air—trapping air pollutants that can cause health problems.

Nationwide Trends in Air Stagnation Since 1973

Nationwide Trends in Air Stagnation Since 1973

  • Published: Jul 24th, 2019

Since NOAA’s Index began in 1973, the number of annual stagnant days has increased in 83% of the contiguous U.S. cities analyzed.

More Extremely Hot Days (2019)

More Extremely Hot Days (2019)

  • Published: Jul 10th, 2019

Climate change is making summer scorchers all the more extreme—check the trend for area.