The past couple of weeks have seen some historic extreme weather events. Our staff has compiled a list of just a few stories from the past days:
- The worst monsoon floods in a decade hit India’s northeast, killing 81 and displacing 2 million. Pictured above: “A family rides a raft made of banana plant as they search for dry land in the flooded village of Burhaburhi village, about 65 kilometers (40 miles) east of Guahati, India, Friday, June 29, 2012.”
- In Western Kentucky it is so hot and dry that in some places even the weeds won’t grow.
- Utility crews from around the country scrambled to the mid-Atlantic region Sunday to clear debris and help restore power in the aftermath of severe windstorms that swept in from the Midwest, leaving millions of customers without electricity as record-setting temperatures baked the nation.
- A city in Kansas at the center of last week’s heat wave is written up in the New York Times: “A brutal heat wave here crested at 115 degrees. Crops wilted. Streets emptied. Farmers fainted in the fields. Air-conditioners gave up.”
- Climate Central reports that for the year-to-date, there have been 40,113 warm temperature records set or tied, compared to just 5,835 cold records.
- The nation’s Agriculture Undersecretary on the Colorado wildfires: “The climate is changing, and these fires are a very strong indicator of that.”
Let us know if we’ve missed any stories that impact you.
[Image credit: Anupam Nath / AP]