Tennessee Extreme Heat

Climate change means more mosquito days, increasing Zika risk.

Urban Heat Islands

Cities are almost always hotter than the surrounding rural area but global warming takes that heat and makes it worse.

Chattanooga is the 6th fastest-warming city in the U.S.

More than 200,000 people living Tennessee are especially vulnerable to extreme heat.

Currently, Tennessee averages 10 dangerous heat days a year. By 2050, Tennessee is projected to see 55 such days annually (a more than 5-fold increase).

As the planet continues to warm from the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the temperatures that we consider to be normal are also rising.

Summers are getting muggier as the dewpoint temperature rises

What's Happening with Extreme Heat?

Georgia

What a Warmer Future Means for Southeastern Wildfires

Tinder-dry conditions that have resulted from months with little to no rain and toasty fall temperatures have allowed the fires to reach unusual heights. More

New York

Sandy’s Surge Was Extreme. It Could Become Normal

The risk posed by future storms like Sandy is only going to increase due to climate change. The potential for stronger storms and rising seas mean Sandy-level flooding could could occur once every 23 years as opposed to once every 400... More

Climate Change Behind Surge in Western Wildfires

Western firefighting veterans lamenting a “new normal” amid surging forest fires have received an explanation for the destructiveness they’ve been unable to quell... More

Scientists Tease Out Climate Change’s Role in Zika Spread

While the effects of El Niño and other weather cycles are beyond the control of humans, the recent spread of the disease into the U.S. is a savage reminder of the heavy toll that humans are taking on their planet — and of the potential for those changes to bite back... More

Sign up for email updates to stay informed about what your state is doing to mitigate weather risks.