West Virginia Extreme Heat

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Climate change means more mosquito days, increasing Zika risk.

Nearly 60,000 people living in West Virginia are especially vulnerable to extreme heat.

West Virginia is facing one of the top 10 largest increases in heat wave days by 2050 among the lower 48 states. 

Summers are getting muggier as the dewpoint temperature rises

 The strong El Niño is not solely responsible for the warming planet. Global temperatures have been trending upward since 1950, regardless of whether or not the Pacific Ocean was in an El Niño, La Niña, or neutral phase.

What's Happening with Extreme Heat?

West Virginia

Rains Flood West Virginia While Fires Burn Out West

The massive floods that rapidly inundated towns displaced thousands and damaged or destroyed thousands of homes and other structures. At least 23 people were killed, according to news reports... More

South Carolina

In Streak of Extreme Storms, What’s the Role of Warming?

From South Carolina to Texas to West Virginia and Maryland, each instance of extreme rainfall and subsequent flooding raises questions about the potential role of climate change in making such events more likely... More

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

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