Sources: Extreme Weather Events


World Weather Attribution initiative – providing assessments on the role of climate change in extreme weather events

Mapped: How climate change affects extreme weather around the world – initiative by Carbon Brief

World’s poorest bear brunt of climate crisis: 10 underreported emergencies (2022, article in The Guardian)

Revealed: how climate breakdown is supercharging toll of extreme weather (2022, article in The Guardian – comprehensive analysis of how human-induced global heating has been driving extreme weather in last years)

US Atlantic coast now a breeding ground for supercharged hurricanes – study (2022, article in The Guardian based on article in Geophysical Research Letters)

Events by date (incomplete)


October 2022

Weather tracker: Storm Nalgae heads towards China after pelting Philippines (article in The Guardian)

Climate crisis fuelling unseasonably warm October in UK and Europe, say experts (article in The Guardian)

Weather tracker: Nigeria flooding and US blows hot and cold (article in The Guardian)

Severe drought torments British Columbia, a year after devastating floods (article in The Guardian)

Weather tracker: deadly rainstorm hits Crete (article in The Guardian)

Victoria, NSW and Tasmania experience flood emergency with thousands told to evacuate (article in The Guardian)

Hurricane Julia: Nicaragua braces amid flash flood and mudslide warnings (article in The Guardian)

Weather tracker: how record monsoon rain devastated Pakistan (article in The Guardian)

September 2022

Weather tracker: Typhoon Noru wreaks havoc across south-east Asia (article in The Guardian)

Hurricane Ian is no anomaly. The climate crisis is making storms more powerful (article in The Guardian)

Florida issues evacuation order for Tampa ahead of Hurricane Ian (article in The Guardian)

Five rescuers killed after Super Typhoon Noru hits the Philippines (article in The Guardian)

Post-tropical cyclone Fiona hits eastern Canada with hurricane-force winds (article in The Guardian)

Weather tracker: storms batter Alaska, Caribbean and Japan (article in The Guardian)

Weather tracker: Deadly floods batter Italy’s Adriatic coast (article in The Guardian)

‘I lost everything’: Italians count cost of deadly flood in Marche (article in The Guardian)

Flooding and landslides in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Fiona knocks out power to island (article in The Guardian)

Deadly flood-water ‘tsunami’ sweeps through Italian towns (article in The Guardian)

Weather tracker: Typhoon Muifa wreaks havoc in China after summer of records (article in The Guardian)

Megadrought in the American south-west: a climate disaster unseen in 1,200 years (article in The Guardian)

Weather tracker: US heatwave breaks September temperature record (article in The Guardian)

Tropical Storm Kay bears down on California with rain and 100mph winds (article in The Guardian)

Fires, heat … a hurricane? California’s ‘most unusual’ week of extreme weather (article in The Guardian)

California’s week of heat and wildfires foretell a punishing autumn (article in The Guardian)

Temperatures smash records in US west as brutal heatwave continues (article in The Guardian)

China reports ‘most severe’ heatwave and third driest summer on record (article in The Guardian)

Pakistan reels from floods: ‘We thought we’d die of hunger. Now we fear death from water’ (article in The Guardian)

Pakistan floods ‘made up to 50% worse by global heating’ (article in The Guardian, based on study by World Weather Attribution)

‘The hospital has nothing’: Pakistan’s floods put pregnant women in danger (article in The Guardian)

Pakistan rushes to protect key power station as flood threat rises (article in The Guardian)

UN chief appeals for ‘massive’ help as flood-hit Pakistan puts losses at $30bn (article in The Guardian)

‘There is nothing for us’: Pakistan’s flood homeless start to despair (article in The Guardian)

Pakistan’s biggest lake may burst banks after draining attempts fail (article in The Guardian)

Aid continues to arrive in Pakistan as deaths from floods pass 1,200 (article in The Guardian)

New Zealand reports warmest and wettest winter on record (article in The Guardian)

August 2022

Climate crisis made summer drought [in Northern Hemisphere] 20 times more likely, scientists find (article in The Guardian, based on study by World Weather Attribution)

Brutal heatwave scorches US west, sparking fires and health warnings (article in The Guardian)

Mississippi governor declares state of emergency ahead of massive flooding (article in The Guardian)

River-flow rates in England at lowest point since 2002, data shows: Experts warn drought could be start of three-year cycle with dire impacts on wildlife and environment (article in The Guardian)

China issues alert as drought and heatwave put crops at risk (article in The Guardian)

China heatwave: scorching temperatures and severe drought – in pictures (photo series in The Guardian)

Flash floods wreak havoc in US south-west – but are no salve for drought (article in The Guardian)

‘People are getting sick’: destitution in flood-hit Pakistan (article in The Guardian)

Pakistan floods: plea for help amid fears monsoon could put a third of country underwater (article in The Guardian)

Pakistan declares floods a ‘climate catastrophe’ as death toll tops 1,000 (article in The Guardian)

Pakistan floods death toll passes 1,000, say officials (article in The Guardian)

Torrential rains lash southern US as millions under flood warnings (article in The Guardian)

China drought causes Yangtze to dry up, sparking shortage of hydropower (article in The Guardian)

Weather tracker: flash floods as Europe’s heatwave ends with thunderstorms (article in The Guardian)

Thunderstorms in Corsica and parts of Italy leave seven dead (article in The Guardian)

California urges residents to cut power use as searing heatwave grips US west (article in The Guardian)

China deploys cloud-seeding planes and cuts electricity use as record heatwave takes toll (article in The Guardian)

Spain wildfires: up to 20 injured after passengers break out of train engulfed by flames (article in The Guardian)

US issues western water cuts as drought leaves Colorado River near ‘tipping point’ (article in The Guardian)

UK weather: Devon and Cornwall hit by heavy rain and flooding (article in The Guardian)

Weather tracker: drought declared in England after driest July since 1935 (article in The Guardian)

Wildfires in Europe burn area equivalent to one-fifth of Belgium (article in The Guardian)

EU countries rush to help France tackle ‘monstrous’ wildfires (article in The Guardian)

More wildfires across UK feared as temperatures forecast to reach 35C (article in The Guardian)

Europe’s rivers run dry as scientists warn drought could be worst in 500 years (article in The Guardian)

French PM sounds climate crisis alarm as ‘ogre-like’ wildfire rages (article in The Guardian)

America’s summer of floods: climate crisis fueling barrage, scientists say (article in The Guardian)

Record Death Valley flooding ‘a once-in-1,000-year event’ (article in The Guardian)

Thousands evacuated as smouldering French wildfire reignites (article in The Guardian)

UK braced for drought conditions to last until October: Lack of rain could have dire consequences for farming and crop harvesting (article in The Guardian)

South Korea: at least eight killed as record rain falls on capital Seoul (article in The Guardian)

Low water levels mean Rhine is days from being shut for cargo (article in The Guardian)

Weather tracker: no relief as heatwaves continue in parts of Europe and China (article in The Guardian)

Europe’s worst ever drought: in pictures (photo essay in The Guardian)

‘The new normal’: how Europe is being hit by a climate-driven drought crisis (article in The Guardian)

Series of explosions hamper attempts to tackle Berlin forest fire (article in The Guardian)

McKinney fire grows into California’s largest this year as thunderstorms fuel concern (article in The Guardian)

July 2022

Extreme heat around the world in videos, photos and graphics (article in The Guardian)

China floods leave at least 12 dead, with thousands evacuated (article in The Guardian)

Over 100m Americans under heat warnings as wildfires rage in 12 states (article in The Guardian)

Floods leave eight dead in Kentucky as devastating rain lashes Appalachia (article in The Guardian)

Thousands evacuated over wildfire near Yosemite as California governor declares emergency (article in The Guardian)

Europe’s record summer of heat and fires – visualised (article in The Guardian)

Why is it so hot in the UK and elsewhere in Europe and what are the dangers? (article in The Guardian)

Thousands evacuated as wildfires sweep across western Europe (article in The Guardian)

Wildfires continue to burn across France and Spain (article in The Guardian)

Dozens injured in Portugal wildfires as heatwave to intensify (article in The Guardian)

Thousands evacuated as heat causes wildfires in Europe and north Africa (article in The Guardian)

Almost 1,000 firefighters tackle ‘mega-fire’ in southern France (article in The Guardian)

Shanghai declares third rare extreme heat warning of summer (article in The Guardian)

Italy declares state of emergency in drought-hit northern regions (article in The Guardian)

Events like Italian glacier collapse more likely to increase as planet heats (article in The Guardian)

NSW floods: Sydney braces for two more days of flooding as state smashed by rain and wind (article in The Guardian)

Sydney flooding: communities evacuated and residents rescued as torrential rain batters region (article in The Guardian)

Spain and Portugal suffering driest climate for 1,200 years, research shows (article in The Guardian)

June 2022

‘Like a scene from Titanic’: floods in Assam, India, submerge entire villages ( article in The Guardian)

China floods force tens of thousands to evacuate with more rainfall expected (article in The Guardian)

Spain battles wildfires fuelled by one of earliest heatwaves on record (article in The Guardian)

‘Historic’ weather: why a cocktail of natural disasters is battering the US (article in The Guardian)

US temperatures hit record levels as south-west bakes in heatwave (article in The Guardian)

Heatwave in Spain to drive temperature above 40C in parts of country (article in The Guardian)

Deaths amid flooding and mudslides as Hurricane Agatha hits Mexico (article in The Guardian)

May 2022

‘It seems this heat will take our lives’: Pakistan city fearful after hitting 51C (article in The Guardian)

Deadly Indian heatwave made 30 times more likely by climate crisis (article in The Guardian based on study by World Weather Attribution)

Dozens dead, millions stranded as floods ravage Bangladesh and India (article in The Guardian)

‘We are living in hell’: Pakistan and India suffer extreme spring heatwaves (article in The Guardian)

March 2022

Italians face fines for wasting water as supplies rationed amid drought (2022, article in The Guardian)

Sydney floods: two found dead, roads inundated, homes and suburbs across the city swamped (article in The Guardian)

January 2022

Australia matches its hottest day on record as Western Australia town hits 50.7C (article in The Guardian)

‘Extreme marine heatwave’: waters off Sydney set to break January temperature records (article in The Guardian)


2021: a year of climate crisis in review (article in The Guardian)

December 2021

Filipinos count cost of climate crisis as typhoons get ever more destructive (article in The Guardian)

Colorado winter wildfires destroy hundreds of homes as thousands flee (article in The Guardian)

Six dead giraffes: Kenya drought horror captured in single picture (article in The Guardian)

November 2021

Pacific north-west storm wreaks havoc, with one dead and Vancouver cut off (article in The Guardian)

Canada floods leave thousands of farm animals dead and more trapped (article in The Guardian)

‘A tipping point’: how poor forestry fuels floods and fires in western Canada (article in The Guardian)

October 2021

Large California oil spill fouls beaches and kills wildlife (article in The Guardian)

Heavy rains spark landslides in Kerala (India), at least 25 dead (article in The Guardian)

September 2021

14 dead in New York region amid ‘historic’ flooding caused by Ida remnants (article in The Guardian)

August 2021

Greece fires: 150 houses destroyed by wildfires as monks refuse to leave stricken island (article in The Guardian)

Thousands forced to evacuate by wildfire near Saint-Tropez (article in The Guardian)

Japan floods: death toll grows as rain triggers fresh landslides (article in The Guardian)

North Korea floods damage more than 1,000 homes, state media reports (article in The Guardian)

July 2021

July was world’s hottest month ever recorded, US scientists confirm (article in The Guardian)

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