The state of West Virginia was designated a federal disaster area following deadly and destructive floods on June 23, 2016. Rainfall in some counties exceeded 24-hours totals that the National Weather Service described as a 1-in-a-thousand-year event.
Based on rainfall changes alone, half of the island groups in a recent study were projected to get drier by the end of the century. When scientists also accounted for more evaporation due to rising temperatures, nearly three-quarters of the islands studied were projected to face freshwater stress.
To climb out of the bottom 20% bracket for 5-year precipitation totals, precipitation in the upcoming water year must be 135-160% of normal in northern California, 160% of normal in the Southeast, and 198% of normal in the San Joaquin Valley.
Based on data from 1981-2010, the vast majority of the Lower 48 experiences its warmest day of the year by the end of August. Where in the U.S. does climate data suggest the warmest day is still to come?
From Alaska's Aleutian Islands to southern California, impacts since May have ranged from record-high concentrations of neurotoxins, to shellfish harvesting bans, to reports of sick and dead ocean life.