Climate Impact Report – 3/28
Over the weekend, severe storms and tornadoes were reported across the five states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee.
Extreme drought persists as Western Kansas farmers try to grow spring crops.
Climate change is making the allergy season last longer.
Key Facts Of The Day 3/28
Storms and Flooding
- Heavy rain and mountain snow are returning to California on Tuesday, continuing a relentless weather pattern across the West that has proved dangerous, deadly, and disruptive to millions of people in recent months.
- The latest powerful Pacific storm will move inland early Tuesday and linger through Wednesday, delivering rain over the Central California coast.
- The higher elevations of the northern coastal ranges and the Sierra Nevada are expected to be hit the hardest, with up to three feet of snow predicted.
- The storm will then re-energize east of the Rockies and trigger severe weather across much of the Great Plains and Mississippi Valley from Thursday evening to Friday night.
- Over the weekend, severe storms and tornadoes were reported across the five states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee.
- In the wake of the powerful tornado that killed dozens of people in the Mississippi delta, aid groups are on the ground assisting those in need.
- Residents of the demolished city of Rolling Fork, Mississippi, are still struggling to pick up the pieces from a violent EF4 tornado.
- The prevalence of mobile homes and manufactured housing made Rolling Fork particularly vulnerable to extreme weather.
- According to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, 21 people were killed by the severe weather in Mississippi.
- As of March 17, 8 large active wildfires have burned 5,090 acres across the country.
- As of March 17, 5,972 wildfires have burned 77,759 acres across the country.
- In Florida, 4 fires have burned 4,032 acres as of March 17.
- In North Carolina, 1 fire has burned 150 acres as of March 17.
- On Monday, Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs and state fire officials warned that the state would not be immune to wildfires in the coming months despite an unusually wet winter.
- Extreme drought persists as Western Kansas farmers try to grow spring crops.
- Climate change is making the allergy season last longer.
- One side effect of milder winters and increased annual average temperatures is that plants not only begin producing pollen earlier but also produce it for a longer period.
- Some parts of the U.S. have already seen allergies flare up as much as a month earlier than usual.
- Longer pollen seasons and higher concentrations can cause more sensitivity to allergens.
New Reports and Data
- A March 2023 study found that Douglas-fir trees in the Klamath Mountains are in a ‘decline spiral,’ which can increase the potential for hotter, more extreme wildfires.
- A March 2023 study found that a plant-based film that cools when exposed to sunlight could someday keep buildings, cars, and other structures cool without requiring power.
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