Climate Impact Report – 10/22

Quick Facts

3 Tornadoes

we're confirmed in southwestern Pennsylvania during intense storms.

537 people

in Montgomery and Chester Counties, Pennsylvania are still homeless and living in hotels due to the impact of Hurricane Ida

Two months

after the Caldor fire began, it has officially contained following storms this week

Key Facts Of The Day 10/22


  • Northeast Ohio storms Thursday evening left homes damaged and thousands of residents without power.

    • Stark County Emergency Management Agency Director confirmed a F-0 tornado touched down in Jackson Township near Lake Cable which caused minor tree damage.

  • 3 tornadoes confirmed in southwestern Pennsylvania during intense storms.

    • The intense storms ripped trees out of the ground, tore a roof off a house, and knocked down a tree onto a truck.

  • A powerful bomb cyclone that reached maximum intensity over the northern Pacific Thursday afternoon marked the beginning of an intense and stormy stretch for the west coast.

    • The storm will continue to send additional storms into the region through next Tuesday.

    • It could lead to serious flooding, mudslides and significant threats to lives and property.

    • A flood watch has been issued for Saturday night through Monday morning for the central Sierra Nevada, including the greater Reno area and regions affected by the Dixie, Caldor, Numbers and Tamarack fires.

  • In Montgomery and Chester Counties, Pennsylvania, a combined 537 people impacted by the flood from Hurricane Ida are still homeless and living in hotels.


  • As of Wednesday, there are currently 17 large active wildfires that have burned 2,229,853 acres across CA, ID, MT, OR, and WA.

  • The 2-month-old Caldor fire has been contained after storms this week covered the west side of the fire in snow and rain fell on the east side.

  • Colorado lawmakers are interested in pursuing a statewide building code, as part of broader long-term efforts to prepare for wildfires driven by a warming climate and to secure more federal grant money.

  • In California, 8 fires have burned 1,905,702 acres as of Wednesday.

    • The Alisal Fire burned 17,281 acres and was 97% contained as of Wednesday.

    • The Dixie Fire burned 963,309 acres and was 95% contained as of Wednesday.

    • The KNP Complex Fire burned 88,278 acres and was 60% contained as of Wednesday.

  • In Idaho, 3 fires have burned a total of 135,842 acres as of Wednesday.

  • In Montana, 3 fires have burned a total of 5,684 acres as of Wednesday.

  • In Oregon, 2 fires have burned a total of 75,303 acres as of Wednesday.

  • In Washington, 1 fire has burned a total of 107,322 acres as of Wednesday.

Extreme Heat

  • Health problems linked to climate change, especially warming temperatures, are increasing.

  • Sheriff says that the mysterious death of a family and their dog on a California hike was caused by extreme heat.

  • La Niña weather patterns may bring some relief to Northern California and the Pacific Northwest this winter, but will also likely prolong the severe western drought.

  • Heavy rain hitting California won’t be enough to end the drought plaguing western U.S.

  • Due to ongoing drought, the Marin Municipal Water District in California allocated up to $23.2 million to buy equipment for a proposed emergency supply pipeline across the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.

  • A farm in southeastern Washington has been fined $304,000 by the Washington state Department of Ecology for irrigating 250 acres without rights to the water.

  • A Minnesota cattle farmer sold half of their herd after a tough drought season.

  • Despite showing signs of receding earlier this week, red tide is still going strong in the Tampa Bay area.

    • High concentrations were found in Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota County beaches.

New Reports And Data

  • An October 2021 study found that slower ocean circulation as the result of climate change could intensify extreme cold weather in the U.S.

  • An October 2021 study found that lakes in the Northern Hemisphere have been warming six times faster since 1992 than any other time period in the last 100 years.

  • An October 2021 study found that plastic and the climate crisis are linked in that the production of plastic contributes to global greenhouse gases and extreme weather will disperse and worsen pollution.


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