Climate Impact Report – 7/6

Quick Facts


large wildfires active across AZ, CA, CO, FL, ID, MT, NM, and UT


average June temperature in Death Valley National Park, the hottest since 1912


percent of Hawaii considered "abnormally dry", increasing risk of wildfire danger

Facts Of The Day 7/6

Extreme Heat

  • An investigation found that Oregon’s healthcare system was inadequately prepared to handle June’s heatwave.
  • Death Valley National Park experienced its hottest June on record. Death Valley saw a record temperature of 128 degrees on June 28th and the low on June 29th was 104 degrees at 3AM.
  • Boston saw its hottest June on record, with its average temperature at 74.4 degrees.
    • The city saw 9 days of temperatures of 90 degrees or more.
    • Boston hit 100 degrees on June 30th for the first time since July 2011. 
    • Boston only received 2.57 inches of rain in 2021 compared to its average of 3.89 inches.
  • The California Independent System Operator asked for more power supplies from Western electric and power plants as heatwaves threaten more rolling blackouts.
  • Texans have been buying generators in preparation for future power outages during extreme weather events.


  • There are currently 45 large wildfires active across AZ, CA, CO, FL, ID, MT, NM, and UT. Nationally, 672,653 acres have burned so far this year. 
  • In Arizona, the Tiger Fire has burned 11,970  acres and was 0% contained as of Monday evening. The Horsethief Basin area was ordered to evacuate.
  • In California, the Lava Fire in Siskiyou County has burned through 25,001 acres and was 71% contained as of Monday evening.  At least 12 homes have been destroyed with another 45 structures burned. 53 structures remain threatened, and four firefighters have been injured as of Monday.
  • In California, the Beckwourth Complex Fire has burned 1,141 acres with 47% containment as of Monday night. The Dotta and Sugar fires merged on Sunday into the Beckwourth Complex Fire.
  • In California, the Salt Fire burned almost 12,000 acres as of Monday afternoon with 20% contained. As of Monday, 41 structures, including 27 homes and 14 outbuildings have been destroyed.
  • In California, Tumbleweed Fire has burned almost 1,000 acres and was 10% contained Monday night. Nearby areas were under evacuation order, and two firefighters have been injured as of Monday.
  • Ash and debris from last year’s wildfires is affecting the water supply in Greely, Colorado.
  • In Colorado, the Sylvan Lake Fire in Sylvan Lake State Park burned more than 3,792 acres with 68% contained as of Monday night. The fire has cost $6.6 million to contain as of Monday.
  • In Colorado, the Muddy Slide Fire burned 4,093 acres and was 45% contained as of Monday night. The fire has cost $5.4 million to contain as of Monday.
  • In Colorado, the Oil Springs Fire  burned more 12,613 acres with 97% contained as of Saturday night. The fire has cost $4.9 million to contain as of Monday. The fire had previously threatened a gas plant.
  • Oregon engineers are studying how wildfires spread.
  • Utah Democrats in the state legislature have called for a special session to grant local governments the authority to ban fireworks in their jurisdictions.
  • Utah elected officials are considering proposals that could charge people with “negligent burning” for starting fires, which could range from misdemeanor up to a felony with the possibility of prison time..
  • In Utah, the Snake John Fire  burned 650 acres and was 60% contained as of Saturday afternoon. Officials said the fire initially threatened “oil and gas infrastructure,” but the threat passed as of 12PM on Saturday.
  • In Washington, the Batterman Fire burned 7,900 acres and was 10% contained as of Tuesday morning. Nearby areas were ordered to evacuate, and 80 structures are threatened as of Tuesday


  • Tropical Storm Elsa made landfall in Cuba on Monday.
    • Elsa made landfall on the south coast of Cuba at 2PM with winds at 60 MPH. Winds weakened to 50MPH late Monday afternoon.
      • Winds are expected to increase to 60-65MPH on Tuesday as Elsa moves northward off the west coast of Florida.
    • Parts of Florida were under hurricane watch, tropical storm warnings and a state of emergency on Monday as Elsa is projected to make landfall north of Tampa, Florida, on Wednesday morning.
      • The west coast of the Florida Peninsula, including Tampa Bay, are under a storm watch warning as of Tuesday.
      • The west coast of Florida from Bonita Beach to the Aucilla River is under a storm surge warning as of Tuesday.
      • Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties are all under a state of emergency as of Tuesday.
    • As of 8AM Tuesday, Elsa had maximum sustained winds of 6 MPH and was located 55MPH west of Key West, Florida, moving north-northwest at 12MPH.
    • The Georgia coast and parts of the South Carolina coast are under tropical storm watches as of Tuesday morning.
    • Elsa is expected to produce rainfall totalling 4 to 8 inches, which could result in flash flooding from Florida into Southern Carolina. Parts of the Florida Peninsula to the Carolinas could see 1 to 2 inches, and Tampa is expected to see 2 to 4 inches of rain and a storm surge of 1 to 3 feet.
    • To prepare for the storm, MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa began evacuations with only mission essential personnel with limited access as of Tuesday.
    • As Elsa moves away from the East Coast and into the Atlantic Ocean, it could bring rough surf, strong winds and rain to the New England coast.
  • After the heavy rains in late June, 25,000 gallons of sewage overflowed in a wooded area just east of Hogback Road on Tuesday in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
    • The Harper Woods library in Detroit, Michigan, lost $4,600 to $5,000 total in books due to flood damage.
    • Flooding displaced 23 adults and 19 children at a Ypsilanti-area apartment complex and also required evacuation of another four to six homes.


Climate Studies

  • A report published in July 2021 found that reforesting land can lead to an 7.6 percent average increase in summer rain.
  • A study published in June 2021 found that more frequent and intense wildfires changes what birds are seen and heard.


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