Special Report

Places Where the Weather Is Getting Worse Because of Climate Change

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16. Pacific Northwest: Coast of Washington State

According to the EPA, flood events have increased in frequency throughout much of the Pacific Northwest since 1965. The surge in flood activity forced the Hoh, a Native American tribe once based at the mouth of the Hoh River, to move its reservation to higher ground.

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17. Midwest: Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska

According to the EPA, flood events have increased in frequency and intensity throughout much of the Midwest and Great Plains region since 1965. In the spring of 2019, heavy rainfalls along the Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, and Mississippi River corridors caused major flooding throughout the Midwest, leading to substantial property damage and dozens of deaths.

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18. South Florida

According to the NOAA, the maximum daily water levels in South Florida during king tides, the highest tides of the year, have increased since 1994. Many scientists have concluded that rising king tides are a direct result of human-caused climate change, and can increase the risk of tidal flooding in coastal areas. One study published in the June 2016 edition of the peer-reviewed journal Ocean & Coastal Management found that the frequency of tide-induced flooding events in Miami Beach has increased by more than 400% since 2006.

19. Southwest: Four Corners Region

According to the National Climate Assessment, human-induced climate change has contributed to increased heat, drought, and insect outbreaks in the Southwest and Four-Corners Region, which includes Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico and is the hottest and driest part of the United States. The rise in extreme weather conditions has led to increased wildfires, decreased water supplies, reductions in agricultural output, and heat-related health issues in urban areas. These are likely to continue to increase in the future.

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