Climate Impact Report – 10/27

Quick Facts


homes and businesses were without power across the northeast Wednesday due to the nor’easter


recorded deaths of manatees in Florida due to polluted water


trees and large branches were brought down by storm in California caused by record breaking bomb cycling

Key Facts Of The Day 10/27


  • Major nor’easter hitting Eastern Seaboard with heavy rain and top winds at 80 MPH.

    • Forecasters said the storm had undergone a period of rapid intensification known as  bombogenesis.

    • More than 600,000 homes and businesses were without power across the northeast Wednesday.

    • On Wednesday morning, power lines came down on a school bus headed to Middletown High School in Connecticut.

    • In New Jersey, 7 public school districts and dozens of roadways were closed.

    • In Massachusetts, the nor’easter toppled trees and down power lines, causing ‘impassable’ roads and damaged houses and cars.

  • A record breaking bomb cyclone slammed ashore Sunday in drought-plagued Northern California and the Pacific Northwest, blasting a wide swath of the West Coast with heavy rain, damaging winds, flooding and mudslides.

    • In San Francisco, the storm brought down 700 trees and large branches bringing damage to some cars and homes.

    • After record-shattering rainfall this week in California following an extremely dry summer and extensive drought, Yosemite Falls is flowing with water again.

  • A Wind Advisory is in effect Wednesday afternoon for north Texas after severe thunderstorms Tuesday night and Wednesday.

  • As severe storms made their way through Oklahoma City, almost 1,000 people are without power.

  • Isolated severe storms are possible across the Panhandle Wednesday night through the first half of the day Thursday.


  • As of Monday, there are currently 10 large active wildfires that have burned 1,817,491 acres across CA,  MT, OR, and WA. This year to date, 48,048 wildfires have burned 6,518,382 acres across the country.

  • Wildland firefighters struggle with homelessness and low pay.

  • Wildfires are putting California’s carbon offset market at risk as many forest projects are located in the already scorched western U.S.

  • While fires can be beneficial by creating a fresh start for wildlife habitats, it can take decades for the land to fully recover on its own, which is why Utah habitat biologists are working to restore burned landscapes.

  • Fire season is still a threat to Southern California despite rains.

  • In California, 7 fires have burned 1,683,896 acres as of Monday.

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

    • The Dixie Fire burned 963,309 acres and was 97% contained as of Monday.

    • The KNP Complex Fire burned 88,307 acres and was 60% contained as of Monday.

  • In Montana, 1 fire has burned a total of 1,379 acres as of Monday.

  • In Oregon, 1 fire has burned a total of 24,894 acres as of Monday.

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

Extreme Heat

  • As of Wednesday, Kansas City city council will debate on whether or not they need to declare a climate emergency.

  • Indoor temperatures break 100 degrees at Kansas prisons without air conditioning.

    • No extra water is provided and small fans that can be purchased by inmates who have the money don’t provide much relief.

  • Rising temperatures are going to make growing pumpkins harder.

  • So far this year there have been 959 recorded deaths of manatees in Florida as polluted water kills their food source of seagrass.

  • Rising temperatures, droughts, and extreme weather that are connected to climate change will likely lead to growing international tensions.

  • OSHA sent notices to the public on how the agency could craft a protective heat standard for workers exposed to extreme heat heightened by climate change.

New Reports And Data

  • An October 2021 study found that if greenhouse gas emissions continue along the high-emissions scenario, low-to-no-snow winters will become a regular occurrence in the western U.S. in 35 to 60 years.

  • An October 2021 study found that concrete alone doesn’t make urban water ecosystem services sustainable and cities should start looking at natural infrastructure.

  • An October 2021 study found that heat and cold stress on dairy cows can lead to lower milk production per dairy cow, increase mortality, and alter milk quality.


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