Severe weather wreaks havoc across the country
Heavy snow, massive floods, sweltering heat. What’s next, locusts?
From storms in Colorado to wildfires in California, severe weather has wreaked havoc across the United States just this month alone.
This week, more than 11,000 homes and businesses were ordered to evacuate in San Diego County as wildfire spread rapidly due in part to the Santa Ana winds. Dangerous drought levels and hot weather have severely affected the state. This year, San Diego has only received 2.8 inches of rain, less than half of average, according to the National Weather Service.
Meanwhile, trees bloomed in Colorado last week, as they should in May, only to be topped with heavy, wet snow flakes. A Mother’s Day spring storm in the Rockies caused power outages and road closures. And it’s not over yet. Four-to-9 inches of snow is expected in the Denver and Boulder areas with as much as a foot of snow forecast for the foothills and mountains.
Flood warnings were posted across the eastern United States on Thursday after a powerful storm system unleashed record amounts of rain from New England to Florida. A state of emergency was declared on Wednesday in Pensacola’s Escambia County, Florida, after being inundated by as much as two feet of relentless rain in 24 hours.
Reacting to findings in a White House report this month detailing the severity and reality of climate change, President Obama emphasized that it is “not some distant problem of the future.”
“This is a problem that is affecting Americans right now,” he told NBC News’ Al Roker. “Whether it means increased flooding, greater vulnerability to drought, more severe wildfires – all these things are having an impact on Americans as we speak.”
The report outlines how climate change is ultimately draining water supplies, throwing off sea levels and affecting the health of millions of Americans.