TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — On this week’s local weather classroom we glance again on the prime 5 excessive climate and local weather occasions of 2022. We begin proper right here on the West Coast of Florida, with the world’s most harmful storm of 2022.
With estimated losses between $50 – $100 billion, Hurricane Ian is probably going destined to turn out to be Florida’s costliest storm in historical past.
Ian roared ashore on Sept. 28. Winds of 150 mph and a towering storm surge of 15 ft decimated coastal communities.
Ian’s prolific rainfall was a 1-in-1000-year event, flooding rivers and submerging properties as much as their rooftops.
European Summer season Warmth Wave
In July, the UK hit 104 levels Fahrenheit, shattering the all-time nationwide warmth document. A research discovered that warmth depth would have been statistically unimaginable with out local weather change.
This was only a small a part of Europe’s hottest summer season on document. Authorities knowledge revealed the heatwaves contributed to twenty,000 extra deaths.
The mix of record-breaking temperatures and low rainfall led to Europe’s worst drought in 500 years. Rivers, just like the Rhine and Danube dried up, halting delivery.
An identical scene performed out in China alongside the Yangtze River the place water ranges dropped to their lowest in 150 years.
Within the US, the west skilled its most excessive drought in 1200 years. Whereas within the east, you can virtually stroll throughout components of the Mississippi River in late fall.
A research of 2022’s widespread Northern Hemisphere drought discovered it to be 20 instances extra probably due to human-caused local weather change.
Maybe essentially the most dramatic climate occasion of final 12 months was the one you probably by no means heard of, devastating floods in Pakistan.
Summer season monsoons flooded 10% of the nation – an space the dimensions of South Carolina. The floods killed 1,700 individuals and left 2.1 million individuals homeless.
Famine in Horn of Africa
Proper now, the Horn of Africa is within the midst of its worst drought on document, based on NASA. The drying is because of 3 consecutive years of La Nina, a heat Indian Ocean and in addition International Warming.
In Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, the UN says greater than 2 million kids are in want of pressing remedy as a consequence of extreme malnutrition. 24 million persons are working out of water. That is forcing hundreds of thousands to flee from their properties simply to outlive.
Globally, over the previous decade, climate and local weather disasters have displaced greater than twice the variety of individuals as in comparison with battle and violence.