Climate Impact Report – 9/25
Ophelia’s remnants continue to bring gusty winds and rain to the Northeast and New England on Monday.
63 Heat Days
The Houston area in Texas experienced 63 days — 69% of the summer — with hot temperatures made three times more likely by climate change.
A September 2023 study found that nearly nine in ten (87%) of adults have experienced at least one extreme weather event in the past five years.
Key Facts Of The Day 9/25
- Ophelia’s remnants continue to bring gusty winds and rain to the Northeast and New England on Monday.
- Rain from the remnants of Ophelia stretched nearly 300 miles from the Philadelphia metro area to New England on Monday morning, but clearing is on the way.
- Ophelia made landfall in North Carolina early Saturday morning as a strong tropical storm and caused widespread flooding and power outages from the mid-Atlantic to the Northeast.
- Coastal communities from the Carolinas to New Jersey were flooded as Ophelia spun across the region, with the U.S. Coast Guard announcing it rescued five people on Friday from an anchored catamaran in Cape Lookout, North Carolina.
- As of Monday morning, Tropical Storm Philippe was located about 1,265 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands in the Caribbean with sustained winds of 50 MPH.
- As of Friday, 53 large active wildfires have burned 440,958 acres across 11 states: AZ, CA, CO, ID, LA, MS, MT, NM, OR, UT, and WA. This year to date, 44,011 wildfires have burned 2,342,143 acres across the country.
- In Arizona, 3 fires have burned 6,636 acres as of Friday.
- In California, 5 fires have burned 153,809 acres as of Friday.
- In Colorado, 4 fires have burned 7,134 as of Friday.
- In Louisiana, 2 fires have burned 38,414 acres as of Friday.
- In New Mexico, 1 fire has burned 12,841 acres as of Friday.
- In Oregon, 12 fires have burned 127,518 acres as of Friday.
- In Washington, 7 fires have burned 17,666 acres as of Friday.
- The Houston area in Texas experienced 63 days — 69% of the summer — with hot temperatures made three times more likely by climate change.
- Since June, Houston has had 45 days with 100-degree weather, making this summer Houston’s hottest and besting 2011’s record.
- Iowa is expected to endure more extreme heat days of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or more in the next 30 years, but many homes aren’t prepared to handle the heat.
- In March 2022, temperatures near the eastern coast of Antarctica spiked 70 degrees Fahrenheit above normal — making it the most intense recorded heat wave to occur anywhere on Earth.
New Reports and Data
- A September 2023 study found that nearly nine in ten (87%) of adults have experienced at least one extreme weather event in the past five years.
- A September 2023 study found that employees in the U.S. who worked from home all the time were predicted to reduce their emissions by 54% compared with workers in an office.
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