Climate Impact Report – 11/19

Quick Facts


acres across CA, MT, NE SD have been burned by 7 large active wildfires as of Friday


power shortfall could happen to main Texas grid in extreme conditions


square miles of wetlands are loss due to Hurricane Ida

Key Facts Of The Day 11/19


  • Heavy rain, strong winds and snow are forecast to impact large hubs like Atlanta, Chicago and New York to kickoff Thanksgiving week.

  • Texas gas companies now have the ability to raise the costs of customers’ monthly bills to help regain funds lost during the February winter storm.

  • Texas and the Midwest are at risk of winter blackouts if another deep freeze hits.

  • After the February winter storm in Texas, many residents are worried about power outages and are stocking up on firewood.

  • Pedernales Electric and the Central Texas Electrical Co-op in Texas have upgraded their software to help better identify problem areas and to respond to it in preparation for winter.

  • The 2021 Atlantic Hurricane season is winding down as it is coming to an end on November 30th.

    • This year there were 21 named storms including 7 hurricanes and 4 major hurricanes.

  • Hurricane Ida is blamed for the incredibly significant loss of 106 square miles of wetlands.

  • Study shows sequential landfalling storms are more likely to form in Florida and Louisiana due to climate change.


  • As of Friday, there are currently 7 large active wildfires that have burned 94,551 acres across CA, MT, NE, SD, and TX. This year to date, 52,085 wildfires have burned 6,619,632 acres across the country.

  • Climate change puts stress on Northwest forests during the fire season.

    • Wildfires are burning more severely than in previous decades, which can overcome the adaptations of forests that are adapted to more frequent but less severe fires.

    • The climate of the Pacific Northwest is getting warmer with decreased rainfall during the summer due to human-induced climate change.

  • Pacific Gas & Electric is testing artificial intelligence that could expand wildfire detection capabilities.

  •  A new fire evacuation study in Colorado Springs, Colorado shows that the city is less than prepared when it comes to evacuating the community safely should a major wildfire breakout.

Extreme Heat

  • As federal scientists predict California is likely to see little relief from the drought this winter, San Jose Water Officials set tough new drought restrictions for customers.

    • Customers need to cut their water usage down to 15% below 2019 levels and those who use more than their allocated amount will have to pay a surcharge of $7.13 per unit.

  • Federal scientists project that the drought is going to stick around for a third year in California.

    • With a strengthening La Niña, the likelihood of drought condition improvement has dimmed for the Bay Area.

    • Gov. Gavin Newsom has asked residents to voluntarily cut water use by 15% and if there is no improvement this winter, he will consider mandatory statewide water restrictions.

    • A continuing drought is also apt to worsen next year’s fire season.

  • Drought conditions in North Carolina show no sign of diminishing and will likely persist until February.

    • The lack of rainfall has also been expanding drought conditions in the state.

New Reports And Data

  • A November 2021 study found that there are economic, environmental and grid-resilience benefits of converting diesel trains to battery-electric.

  • A November 2021 study found that sugary foods and drinks contribute to a higher cropland, water scarcity and ecological footprint.

  • A November 2021 study found that cutting ammonia emissions is a cost-effective way to prevent air pollution deaths.


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